James Cohan is pleased to present The Hands of Strange Children, an exhibition of new work by Christopher Myers, on view at the gallery’s 52 Walker Street location from March 5 through April 2, 2022. This is Myers’ first solo show with James Cohan in New York. The gallery will host an opening reception with the artist on Saturday, March 5 from 2-6 PM. Masks are required for entry.
For The Hands of Strange Children, Myers has created a series of narrative tapestries and a suite of stained-glass paintings that excavate the lives and legacies of six revolutionary prophets: Wovoka, Nongqawuse, Nat Turner, Hong Xiuquan, Te Ua Haumene, and Alice Lakwena. Spanning a wide geography of times and places, Myers sees these figures as representatives of a grand tradition of colonized peoples. Each took what was not theirs and made it their own, using the very tools of subjugation to build emancipatory philosophies and movements. Myers examines the beautiful failures of these prophets, filtering them through the “transformative materiality of narrative” to create portraits of icons of resistance that speak powerfully to the present.
To explore the exhibition in our Viewing Room, please click here.