ABOUT RASHID JOHNSON
Rashid Johnson was born in 1977 in Chicago IL. He received his BA in photography from Columbia College in Chicago and in 2005, Johnson studied for his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Johnson’s mixed-media practice incorporates a wide-range of everyday materials and objects, including wax, wood, steel, brass, shea butter, ceramic tile, books, records, VHS tapes, live plants, and CB radios. With shamanistic inspiration from both African-American and art history, many of Johnson’s more recent works employ these materials in a way that suggests an indefinite form of mysticism and a role as devotional objects.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Rashid Johnson. Waves, Hauser & Wirth, London, UK, 2020; the touring exhibition Rashid Johnson. The Hikers at the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen CO, the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico and at Hauser & Wirth, New York, 2019; Provocations. Rashid Johnson, Institute for Contemporary Art, Richmond VA, 2018; Rashid Johnson. No More Water at Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland, 2018; Rashid Johnson. Hail We Now Sing Joy at The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City MO which traveled to the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee WI, 2017; New American Art, Studio des Acacias, Paris, France, 2015; Rashid Johnson. Anxious Men, Drawing Center, New York, 2015; Smile, Hauser & Wirth London, UK, 2015; Three Rooms, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland, 2014; Magic Numbers, George Economou Collection, Athens, Greece, 2014; New Growth, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver CO, 2014; The Gathering, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland, 2013; New Growth, Ballroom Marfa TX, 2013; Shelter, South London Gallery, London, UK, 2012; Rumble, Hauser & Wirth, New York, 2012 and the major touring exhibition Message to Our Folks which opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL, 2012 and traveled to Miami Art Museum, Miami FL, 2012; and High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA, 2012 and most recently Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis MO, 2013.
Lead project support for Red Stage is provided by Max and Monique Burger, Burger Collection Hong Kong; Molly Gochman; The O’Grady Foundation; and an anonymous donor. Red Stage is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The project would not have been possible without site support and collaboration from the NYC Department of Transportation’s Temporary Art Program (DOT Art) and the Village Alliance.
Major Creative Time programming support for 2021 has been generously provided by Arison Arts Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, The David Teiger Foundation, the Destina Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Open Society Foundations, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and The Willem de Kooning Foundation. We are also grateful for the support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the City Council; and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.