Umar Rashid “Ancien Regime Change 4, 5, and 6”

MOMA PS1

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Through his multidisciplinary practice—including paintings, drawings, textiles, and a new multimedia sculpture being created for this exhibition—Umar Rashid draws on both history and fantasy to create epic narratives that examine how political and cultural power is established and might be undone. Rashid’s first solo museum exhibition in New York City features over 30 new works that mark the final chapters of his ongoing series, Ancien Regime Change. The series looks back to the 18th century and its colonial regimes, exploring a critical period of global upheaval and modern transformation through extensive research. For the new works featured in the exhibition, Rashid draws specifically on the history of New York.

Using a range of sources, Rashid’s work spans real and fictional empires, as well as figures from antiquity to popular culture. In his compositions, Rashid traverses periods, geographies, and cultures, citing sources including 18th century European manuscripts, byōbu (Japanese screen painting), Persian miniatures, Yoruba deities, ancient Egyptian cosmologies, and American rappers. Rashid’s research-based process frees historical events from dominant narratives, and instead proposes counternarratives and critical fabulations. Figures move between works, battles are fought, winners capture their spoils, losers retreat, and the narrative pushes forth. By foregrounding Black and brown people in his paintings, Rashid references the erasure of the key roles that historically marginalized people have played in the construction and deconstruction of Western histories. Within his practice, many positions and references collide to reveal multiplicities across places and times, breaking free from a static past into one that is continuously being reshaped in the present.

Umar Rashid: Ancien Regime Change 4, 5, and 6 is organized by Ruba Katrib, Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, MoMA PS1.

[Image: Umar Rashid “The gods are indifferent but occasionally rapture the souls of humanity to hold for later judgment. Naval siege of the Fort Zeelandia expansion project by indigenous, and Frenglish raiders. The primary target escapes in a Ferrari whilst condemning everyone else to bombardment. Or, mooning in a canoe while Black and White Jesus look on in awe and terror.” (2022) Acrylic and spray paint on canvas. 60 x 60 x 1 1/2 in. Photo: Josh Schaedel]

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Schedule

from September 22, 2022 to March 13, 2023

Artist(s)

Umar Rashid

Website

http://momaps1.org/ (venue's website)

Fee

Suggested donations: Adults $10, Students and Seniors $5, MoMA members and with MoMA admission tickets Free

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From 12:00 To 18:00
Closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Holidays

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