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Charlene K. Lau

Charlene K. Lau is a New York-based art historian and an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at Performa. Her writing has been published in C Magazine, Canadian Art, Fashion Theory, Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Visual Typologies from the Early Modern to the Contemporary: Local Contexts and Global Practices.

Ian Cheng Emissaries

Recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, Ian Cheng’s epic “live simulation” trilogy, Emissary (2015 – 17) is installed in its entirety for the first time at both MoMA PS1 and live-streamed on Twitch, a social video platform for gamers.

Refiguring Binaries

Billed as an exhibition, Refiguring Binaries offers a looping selection of 18 screen-based works by ten non-male-identifying artists, who engage with digital technologies as old as animation and GIFs, and as new as the latest developments in virtual and augmented reality.

Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art 1905-2016

Comprising the work of over forty artists and filmmakers, curator Chrissie Iles’s massive undertaking speaks comprehensively to the expanded field of cultural production, where the cinematic moves beyond its disciplinary boundaries and unites art with lived experience.

Hannah Black and Juliana Huxtable: Penumbra

As the audience filed into the space, sounds of nature—squeaking, mooing—filled the air. Once we were seated, Black and Huxtable entered the room in taupe suits, acting as prosecutor and defense attorney, respectively.


Focusing on the moving image, the show is an antidote to viewing room fatigue and ill-begotten exhibitions made virtual. More importantly, it presents the vicissitudes of contemporary Black life in a world rife with racial injustice, while responding to the disproportionate impact of the virus on historically racialized, marginalized, and underserved communities.

2 Lizards

In a time now regularly described as “challenging” or “unprecedented,” it’s tricky to find balance between the uplifting, or even saccharine—phrases like “We’re all in this together” come to mind—and the downright horrifying. Director and editor Orian Barki and artist Meriem Bennani’s animated Instagram series 2 Lizards locates the middle while speaking to the volley of emotions activated by COVID-19.

Berna Reale: While you laugh / Enquanto Você Ri

Brazilian performance artist Berna Reale’s first exhibition in New York features a series of photographs and videos centered around her creation of non-binary character “Bi.”


The Brooklyn Rail

JUL-AUG 2020

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