A Window In: Rashid Johnson

Rashid Johnson discusses writing his work in the “bigger history of art”. As a young photographer Johnson expressed the confidence to approach a gallery and get his work into a show he was not initially invited to participate. That single ct helped launch his career. Here him discuss that and his conceptual installation work using materials like shea butter and black soap here.

Rashid Johnson was born in 1977 in Chicago, Illinois, and lives and works in New York. Johnson, who got his start as a photographer, works across mediaβ€”including video, sculpture, painting, and installationβ€”using a wide variety of materials to address issues of African American identity and history.Β 

South Dallas Cultural Center presentsΒ A Window In: A look at Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora. Each week, SDCC will feature a curated list of videos fromΒ ART 21: Art in the Twenty First CenturyΒ that highlight artists of the African Diaspora. From topics of Power and Truth to Love and Loss, these artists explore and expand the bounds of what art is and could be.