At Luhring Augustine
On view through Sunday, April 17, 2016
Luhring Augustine Bushwick is pleased to present We Need To Wake Up Cause That’s What Time It Is, a new exhibition by the artist Glenn Ligon. On view through Sunday, April 17, the exhibition has been highly acclaimed and was reviewed in several publications including:
The exhibition features Live (2014), a silent seven channel video installation based on the 1982 film Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip. Pryor is famous for his darkly humorous and often explicit critiques of society, and Ligon has previously incorporated his standup material in a series of colorful text paintings. In Live, Ligon removes Pryor’s voice, and thereby, the incisive comedy for which he is best known. One channel depicts Pryor in full, while the other six channels each focus on a specific part of his body – his hands, head, mouth, groin, and shadow – to concentrate our attention on his animated delivery and emphatic body language. By muting his speech and fragmenting his image, Ligon compels us to see Pryor anew and consider how meaning is conveyed through the body as well as conferred upon it.