Featuring artists Charlie Billingham, Alexander Harrison, Andrea Joyce Heimer, Esteban Jefferson, and Tanya Merrill.
History is not an objective accounting of events. Rather, it is a series of stories told and retold in an effort to shape the world according to the whims and agendas of real people, as well as by the cultural conditions of a particular time and place. Histories are created, disseminated, and passed down, but they are also altered, forgotten, and re-shaped. New Old Histories presents five artists whose approaches to contemporary representational painting abound in narrative and allegory, developing our understanding of what is at stake in how—and by whom—these stories are told. The artists variously co-opt, critique, and upend conventions of historical painting, and in the process provide a lens through which to view the world today.
The exhibition opens Friday, May 21 with extended opening hours from 10am–7pm. Appointments to visit are recommended but not required, and can be made here.