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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM

Rashid Johnson

Born in Chicago, IL, 1977
Lives and works in New York, NY

Day 22: Rashid Johnson

“Black science” is an ideal description for Rashid Johnson’s absorbing photography, sculptures, conceptual, and video works that investigate the worlds of science fiction, divination, black American history, and hip-hop culture, as well as personal memories.

Watch “Rashid Johnson: Makes Things to Put Things On,” a web episode from New York Close Up/Art21, as he explains the physical and philosophical nature of his “The Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club” installation. Then take this quiz regarding the jazz LP artwork included in this work.


Which jazz artist's LP artwork was not included in "The Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club"?


2003 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (two years of coursework)
2000 B.A., Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2010 25 days after October, Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy                                                                                    
Between Nothingness and Eternity, Carlson/Massimo De Carlo, London, England
There are Stranger Villages, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany
Our Kind of People, Salon 94, New York, NY
2009 Other Aspects, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Smoke and Mirrors, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY
The Dead Lecturer: Laboratory, Dojo, and Performance Space, Power House Memphis, Memphis, TN
2008 Rashid Johnson, 404 arte contemporanea, Naples, Italy
Sharpening My Oyster Knife, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany
The Dead Lecturer, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY
The New Escapist Promised Land Garden and Recreation Center, moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL
2007 Dark Matters, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
Cosmic Slops, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005 The Production of Escapism, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN
Stay Black and Die, moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL
2003 The Rise and Fall of the Proper Negro, moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2008 Recent Acquisitions Part 1: Focus on Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Summer Mixtape Volume 1: the Get Smart edition, Exit Art, New York, NY
2007 Color Line, Luanda Triennial, Luanda, Angola; traveled to Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY;
Centre International d’Exposition de Larouche, Larouche, Canada
2005 Crossings: 10 Artists from Kaohsiung & Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; traveled to
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan [cat.]
2003 Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New
York, NY; traveled simultaneously to San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA, and Museum of
Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA [cat.]

Selected Collections

Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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