Rodney McMillian: New Work

SFMOMA, San Francisco, United States
09 Feb 2019 - 09 Jun 2019

Rodney McMillian, In This Land, 2019 (detail of work in process); courtesy the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; © Rodney McMillian; photo: Robert Wedemeyer

New Work: Rodney McMillian in on view February 9–June 9, 2019 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

Los Angeles–based artist Rodney McMillian’s work addresses how American political and social histories shape issues of class, race, and gender. In his first solo museum presentation on the West Coast, McMillian brings together his longstanding interest in the representation of the American landscape with an exploration of home as a place and a state of mind. The exhibition features an abstract panorama spanning the entirety of the gallery paired with a soundscape interweaving iconic ’80s songs performed by McMillian and the voices of social advocates proposing radically new language and polices around the condition of homelessness. This immersive installation questions the political systems that promise freedom and equality for all, and highlights the power of the individual to affect hope and create change.

Generous support for New Work: Rodney McMillian is provided by Alka and Ravin Agrawal, SFMOMA’s Contemporaries, Adriane Iann and Christian Stolz, and Robin Wright and Ian Reeves.




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