Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is proud to announce Glenn Kaino’s solo exhibition, Glenn Kaino: 19.83 at the Studio Museum in Harlem, organized by Assistant Curator Naima J. Keith. 19.83 opens on March 27, 2014
Glenn Kaino, Bridge, installed at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Fiberglass, steel, wire, gold paint,
30″ wide, height variable, Image courtesy Studio Museum in Harlem
Glenn Kaino: 19.83 is the New York debut exhibition that marks the genesis of Kaino’s ongoing collaboration with Olympian Tommie Smith.
On October 16, 1968, during the medal ceremony for the men’s 200-meter race at the Mexico City Olympic Games, American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised black-gloved fists as a symbolic act of protest. The gesture, seen around the world and preserved in images that still resonate today, became a catalytic symbol for myriad beliefs, ideas and social causes.
The exhibition consists of two works: Bridge (2013), in the Museum’s atrium, and 19.83, in the Museum’s project space. Bridge, a site-specific intervention composed of gold-painted casts of Smith’s arm, is a reservoir of memories that reflects on the power of the athletes’ gesture nearly four decades after its occurrence. 19.83, the title of both the work here and the exhibition as a whole, refers to Smith’s world record–breaking time in the 200-meter race, 19.83 seconds. The work is a gold-plated sculptural environment that takes the form of a three-level platform reminiscent of the one used to honor Olympic medalists. Together, these works examine the conditions in which symbolic moments enter history, how these circumstances evolve over time, and how memory and history compete for relevance in the present.