Sally Tallant on the Armory’s Platform Section and Art as Hopeful Resilience, by Monica Uszerowicz

March 5, 2019

“Worlds of Tomorrow” is inspired by the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The World’s Fair provided hope just before WWII; how will “Worlds of Tomorrow” do something similar? What themes and ideas are these works specifically addressing?  The artists included this Platform offer hope and respite, and show resilience in the face of our new realities. Xaviera Simmons redeploys images and objects and draws on historical memory and archives to challenge dominant narratives. Both Tania Candiani and Super Taus offer critiques of cultural stereotypes and national identity through performance and objects. Ryan Gander uses humor and comic reinvention to represent a modernist sculpture. Andreas Angelidakis challenges the market through the redistribution of objects and value and a “donation drive.”

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