Alexandra Bell: Counternarratives

Nov 9–Dec 11, 2017


Alexandra Bell, Counternarratives. Presented at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions, 2017. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Charles Roussel.

Works from Alexandra Bell's public art series, Counternarratives, are on view in the MoMA PS1 courtyard from November 9 through December 11. The included works, A Teenager With Promise, Annotated (2017) and Olympic Threat, explore how language can perpetuate racist narratives and highlight the mainstream media's latent bias.

The installation is presented alongside a VW Sunday Sessions program of screenings, performances, and discussions with five artists and writers whose work counters racist narratives and foregrounds a reassessment of our collective cultural memory. Taking Alexandra Bell’s work as a point of origin, the program featured Bell, along with Sable Elyse Smith, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, D0UZE, and Devin N. Morris—founding editor of 3 Dot Zine—who discussed how visual and written languages inform cultural perceptions.

VW Sunday Sessions is organized by Taja Cheek, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1; and Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1; with Lucy Lie, Production Coordinator; Chris Roberts, Production Coordinator; and Kenzo Perron, Production Assistant.


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