Our Kind of People
Salon 94 is pleased to present Our Kind of People, an exhibition of new work by Rashid Johnson. The exhibition features a monumental sculptural installation and his new film, The Sweet Sweet Runner.
The Sweet, Sweet Runner is our kind of people.
Like Jack Johnson, he’s unforgivable. He runs to, not from; he’s privileged. When the sweet runner lines up at the starting gate he thanks the Boulé, not God. He collects plants because he thinks it brings him closer to Broodthaers. When he runs, he listens to Eric Dolphy, Public Enemy and the clones of doctor funkenstein. He has a membership to the Mothership. He’s connected. He told Alain Locke about the New. He once broke up a fight between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Dubois, with a baby in his arms. He sent Sun Ra to Saturn. When he broke up with Debra Dickerson, she wrote the End. He colonizes modernism. He thinks Watermelon Man is Melvin Van Peebles best film. When he crosses the finish line, he yells “watch out”!
If you don’t know, you better ask somebody.
Rashid Johnson (b. 1977, Chicago, IL) lives and works in New York. He has had solo exhibitions at the Sculpture Center, New York; Power House, Memphis, TN; Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Magbeburg, Germany; the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. His work has been shown at the Rubell Family Collection, Miami; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the International Center for Photography, New York; and The Whitney Museum, New York.
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