LaToya Ruby Frazier

Monuments of Solidarity

Through Sep 7

MoMA

LaToya Ruby Frazier. Women of Steel from On the Making of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford. 2017. © 2023 LaToya Ruby Frazier. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery
  • MoMA, Floor 3, 3 East The Robert B. Menschel Galleries

“For this reason, it is incumbent upon me to resist—one photograph at a time, one photo essay at a time, one body of work at a time, one book at a time, one workers’ monument at a time—historical erasure and historical amnesia,” says artist-activist LaToya Ruby Frazier. Born in 1982 in the steel manufacturing town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, Frazier has used photography, text, moving images, and performance to revive and preserve forgotten stories of labor, gender, and race in the postindustrial era. LaToya Ruby Frazier: Monuments of Solidarity surveys the full range of the artist’s practice, highlighting her role as a social advocate and connector of the cultural and working classes in the 21st century.

For this exhibition, Frazier has reimagined her diverse bodies of work as a sequence of original installations that she calls “monuments for workers’ thoughts,” which address the harmful effects of industrialization and deindustrialization, the healthcare inequities facing Black working-class communities in the Rust Belt, the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and the impact of the closure of a General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Monuments of Solidarity celebrates the expressions of creativity, mutual support, and intergenerational collaboration that persist in light of these denials of fundamental labor, human, and civil rights. As a form of Black feminist world-building, these nontraditional “monuments'' demand recognition of the crucial role that women and people of color have played and continue to play in histories of labor and the working class.

Organized by Roxana Marcoci, The David Dechman Senior Curator and Acting Chief Curator, with Caitlin Ryan, Assistant Curator, and Antoinette D. Roberts, former Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography.

  • LaToya Ruby Frazier Scholars’ Day, November 18, 2022

Leadership support for the exhibition is provided by the Jon Stryker Endowment, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, The Marion Silverstein Slain Fund, and by the Leontine S. and Cornell G. Ebers Endowment Fund.

Major funding is provided by the Wallis Annenberg Director’s Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art.

Generous support is provided by The Black Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

Major funding for the publication is provided by the John Szarkowski Publications Fund.

Publication

  • LaToya Ruby Frazier: Monuments of Solidarity Exhibition catalogue, Paperback, 256 pages

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