Quiet Politics


In the front gallery, David Hammons’s American flag—its red, white, and blue transposed to the red, green, and black of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association—hangs in sly repartee with Félix González-Torres’s elegiac cascade of dim lightbulbs, 1992’s Untitled (for New York). Elsewhere, Rosemarie Trockel’s deadpan collection of five balaclavas, still in their boxes, forms a prelude to Adel Abdessemed’s installation of 22 music stands supporting drawings of masked, stone-throwing rioters. Is the GOP right? Are such protests always orchestrated by outside agitators? Whatever, the thoughtful wit of this group show reminds us that politics isn’t always a contact sport.

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. Starts: June 26. Continues through Aug. 29, 2008