Join Art21 in February for the premiere of an upcoming new film from our New York Close Up digital series.
The film features artist Doreen Garner as she prepares for her recent exhibition at Pioneer Works, entitled White Man on a Pedestal. Garner’s sculptures and performance explore the medical history of Dr. J. Marion Sims, who has been canonized as ‘The Father of Modern Gynecology,’ despite the savage procedures he performed on enslaved women without anesthesia or consent. Garner’s work recognizes Sims’s subjects and protests the doctor and the monument to him in Central Park, which was recently reviewed by a mayoral commission and will be moved to Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.
The film’s premiere will be followed by conversation on the role of art in public spaces between the artist and Ken Lum, artist and co-curator of Monument Lab, a recent city-wide public art exhibition in Philadelphia. Lum has exhibited extensively over the course of his thirty-year career as an artist, including major international exhibitions and work on numerous permanent and temporary public art commissions.
Monday, February 5
Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel New York
20 W 29th Street, New York City
Doors open — 6:00 PM
Screening — 6:30 PM
Artist talk — 7:00 PM
Admission is free, but advance registration is required.