Step into the artwork of renowned multidisciplinary artist Rashid Johnson with this exhibition of The New Black Yoga Installation. Gifted to the DMA by the artist in 2022, this multimedia work combines a video projection and branded Persian rugs to create an experience that is, at once, intense and intimate. The film features five Black men performing an enigmatic dance of ballet, yoga, tai chi, and martial arts across a sun-soaked beach, exploring the complexity of personal and cultural identity. Their choreographed movements reflect Johnson’s ongoing meditations on Black masculinity and mysticism, as well as his investigations of the body in space. Rugs branded with crosshairs, a symbol that is etched into the sand in the video, are situated throughout the gallery, projecting the film’s combined sense of peace and foreboding into physical space.
Rashid Johnson will be honored for his contributions to contemporary art at the 2022 TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art Gala and Auction, a charity auction that benefits both the DMA and amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.
Admission to this focus installation is FREE.
Focus On: Rashid Johnson is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.
Images: © Rashid Johnson. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth