They say if you remember the 60s & 70s in NYC, you weren’t really there. With that it mind, The Museum of Modern Art will refresh our memories with the exhibition, Just Above Midtown: 1974 to the Present, on view from October 9, 2022, through February 18, 2023.
It will be the first museum exhibition to focus exclusively on Just Above Midtown (JAM), an art gallery and self-described laboratory for artists, located at 50 West 57th Street, with a focus on African Americans and people of color, which was led by Linda Goode Bryant from 1974 until 1986.
Our Selves brings images that span more than one hundred years of photography into dialogue with each other. All of them were made by women artists who have responded to asymmetrical systems of power and have reframed gender and subjectivity in the process. Modernist artists in the first half of the twentieth century interrogated the politics of the gaze and explored new forms of address in portraiture, documentary images, and advertising; contemporary artists have highlighted the intersections of women’s rights, diasporic histories, and Indigenous sovereignty through oblique fabulation, queer language, and performative actions.