This week we’re sharing recent acquisitions to the #GuggenheimCollection, made possible through the support of generous patrons. Follow along to discover a new artwork each day!
A key figure in the development of Conceptual art, for nearly 50 years Adrian Piper has maintained a rigorous, eloquent, and influential practice, casting an unsparing eye on issues of race and gender identity, psychological constructions of the self, and the ethics of spectatorship in the face of social injustice. “Decide Who You Are #19: Torch Song Alert” combines found images with texts written by Piper, addressing the racist and classist prejudices underpinning American financial systems. The work’s central panels depict political figures implicated in banking scandals in the early 1990s, as well as an image from the Crown Heights riots of August 1991. In a panel to the left (swipe left for details), Piper reproduces a drawing of the three wise monkeys (who “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil”) and a prose poem that speaks to victims of financial crimes. To the right, another panel features an image of a young Anita Hill and a text that the artist calls a “compendium of commonly invoked litanies of denial and intimidation” .
#AdrianPiper, “Decide Who You Are #19: Torch Song Alert,” 1992. Purchased with funds contributed by the International Director’s Council and the Photography Council, 2017