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March 14, 2018


The exhibition features twenty artists whose work illuminates the concerns expressed by Claudia Rankine in her book of the same title. As part of the 2018 NEA Big Read grant received by St. John’s for Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, the gallery is presenting the work of twenty contemporary artists that continues and enriches on Rankine’s unique use of contemporary art as part of her narrative structure. Citizen is a multifaceted art and literary project programmed and curated by St. John’s University Art Gallery in collaboration with its English and Art Departments, the Queens Public Library, and the borough’s literary community. Claudia Rankine’s book-length poem has been a publishing phenomenon. Shortlisted for the National Book Award, it “is an anatomy of American racism in the new millennium, a slender, musical book that arrives with the force of a thunderclap.” (Bookforum). In 2016, Rankine received a MacArthur Fellowship. The exhibition investigates the relentless racism of daily life that renders many “citizens” invisible. The exhibition will be on view from Monday, January 15 through Sunday, March 14, 2018. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, February 1st from 4:00-7:00PM.


March 14, 2018
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