Ford Foundation Fosters Independent Curators and New Talent with Social Practice Gallery

Hannah Brontë, “End of the World”(2018), archival digital print, dimensions variable (all images courtesy Ford Foundation)

The Ford Foundation has announced the spring 2019 opening of the Ford Foundation Gallery, a 2,000-square foot exhibition space to present artists exploring issues of justice and injustice as these subjects relate to marginalized populations.

The gallery’s first exhibition, PERILOUS BODIES, will open March 5 to kick off the gallery’s annual theme: “Utopian Imagination.” The gallery will host three exhibitions in 2019, organized by independent curators Jaishri Abichandani and Natasha Becker and focusing on futuristic renderings of “craft, activism, data visualization, and agitprop.”

Lisa Kim, director of the Ford Foundation Gallery, said in a press release, “PERILOUS BODIES explores the inhumanity and injustice created by divisions of gender, race, class, and ethnicity. The artists in the exhibition offer a raw and honest look at the issues we must address head-on to ensure dignity for all.”

Barthélémy Toguo, “Road to Exile” (2018), mixed media installation: wooden boat, fabric bags, glass bottles, and plastic containers, dimensions variable, boat is 45 x 60 x 120 inches (image courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co, Paris – New York and Bandjoob Station, Cameroon)

The Ford Foundation’s announcement states that the interdisciplinary artists featured in PERILOUS BODIES make “statements about ideas people are often quick to turn away from: black and brown bodies, refugee camps, the detritus of borderlands, broken earth. With these works, the artists seek to transform a world in peril into one we want to live in.” Among the first artists to be shown are Dread Scott, Barthélémy Toguo, Guillermo Galindo, and Tiffany Chung. On the evening of the gallery opening, artist Vanessa German will perform a “spoken word opera.”

Mahwish Chisty, “Hellfire II” (2017), cast foam painted with Black 2.0, dimensions variable (© Mahwish Chisty)

The new gallery is located at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice at 320 East 43rd Street in Manhattan, which reopened in November 2018 after a two-year renovation. The Ford Foundation provides over $600 million in grants annually to support organizations on the frontlines of social change around the world.

“Arts and creative expression have played an indelible role in building social justice movements,” said Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. “We’re thrilled to open the doors of this special space, a forum for artists to experiment and create a vibrant and necessary dialogue with the public.”

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