Missing Hue of the Rainbow

Apr 7 – May 26, 2019, Center for Curatorial Studies /Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, NY.

Missing Hue of the Rainbow exhibition takes up histories of color’s ambivalent relationship to identity, by bringing together works from diverse fields of conceptualism, black feminist concerns in the U.S., and Dalit literature in India. With the materialities of photography, serigraphy, video, artist’s books, and poetry, the exhibition considers how color has been mobilized by artists and writers as a site of simultaneous oppression and resistance.

Artworks include a poetic provocation for a casteless society by Sikhamani, a video depiction of the transparent flag by Edith Dekyndt, an artist’s book by Adrian Piper that presents a witty yet critical take on color and identity, the photographic testimony of transitory space between silence and speech by Lorna Simpson, and a re-staging
of composer and choreographer Meredith Monk’s account of the fragility of life and the self by Rirkrit Tiravanija.

With these diverse contributions, the exhibition aims for an open-ended plane where different sites of identity and resistance create the potential for solidarity.