Marc Selwyn Fine Art and Gordon Robichaux are pleased to present Did I Ever Have a Chance?, an exhibition organized in collaboration and on view at Marc Selwyn Fine Art from August 15 through September 19, 2020.
Included are contemporary and historical works by multigenerational artists who confront and challenge entrenched systemic inequities: racism, misogyny, homophobia, poverty, endless war, and ecological injustice. Using varied strategies rooted in the relationship between personal and social experience: activist, didactic, performative, poetic, declarative—all political—these artists agitate for visibility, agency, justice, and empowerment.
The title of the exhibition is taken from Martin Wong’s final work, which he created in his hospital bed in the days leading up to his death from complications related to AIDS. In the painting, Wong wrangles with the systems of oppression he faced throughout his life, and responds to his titular question with a transgressive image of Patty Hearst as Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and time, and a fearless fighter and mother-figure of feminine energy, creativity, and fertility. Wong’s painting, like the other works in the exhibition, is a rallying cry and affirmation of resilience, defiance, faith, resistance, and liberation.
A percentage of the proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to Fair Fight to combat voter suppression, and to Visual AIDS, which supports HIV+ artists and uses art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue.
Image credits: Helène Aylon: © Estate of Helène Aylon and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York. Leilah Babirye: Courtesy of Gordon Robichaux, NY. Reverend Joyce McDonald: Courtesy of Gordon Robichaux, NY. Jenny Holzer: Courtesy the Artist and Spruth Magers, Los Angeles, CA. Otis Houston Jr.: Courtesy Gordon Robichaux, NY. Corita Kent: Courtesy of Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Corita Art Center, Los Angeles, CA. Clifford Prince King: Courtesy of the artist and Gordon Robichaux, New York. Lorraine O’Grady: © Lorraine O'Grady. Martha Rosler: Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York © Martha Rosler. Hannah Wilke: Hannah Wilke Collection & Archive, Los Angeles. © Marsie, Emanuelle, Damon, and Andrew Scharlatt. Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York, NY. David Wojnarowicz: Courtesy of the Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P·P·O·W, New York. Martin Wong: Courtesy of the Estate of Martin Wong and P·P·O·W, New York