Dave McKenzie

Body Language

July 18October 27, 2013

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY


Press Release


Dave McKenzie: Body Language

This is an artwork titled Body Language, July 18 - October 27 by artist Dave McKenzie made in 2013

Dave McKenzie
Body Language, July 18 - October 27, 2013

Body Language explores the body and written or verbal expression. Comprised mostly of works from the Studio Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition shows how artists use language to evoke relationships to bodies, including those of viewers, using the human form to communicate ideas much as words might. Some of the artists investigate the language of nonverbal communication, while others inscribe, paint or gesture onto the page. Other works depict figures to purposefully elicit a “read”—how might audiences interpret a portrait differently than the artist’s (or author’s) intention? Body Language also illustrates the international scope of the Museum’s collection, with work by Deborah Grant, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Valerie Piraino, Malick Sidibé, Tavares Strachan, Barthélémy Toguo, among others.

Body Language is organized by Abbe Schriber, Curatorial Assistant.