‘Darkness Made Visible. Derek Jarman and Mark Bradford’ opens today at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition presents Jarman’s feature-length film ’Blue’ and Bradford’s video installation ‘Spiderman’, works that enact defiant emotional responses that channel both the personal fears and public phobias associated with the AIDS crisis.
In his work ‘Spiderman’, Mark Bradford takes on the role of a black transgender comic who is heard, but not seen in a room with a red spotlight. As a gay black man, Bradford evokes comedian Eddie Murphy’s controversial ‘Delirious’ routine from 1983, which is rife with explicitly homophobic jokes, to deliver a searing monologue on the intersecting issues of race, gender identity, and sexuality.
‘Darkness Made Visible. Derek Jarman and Mark Bradford’, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 25 March – 30 July, 2017
Mark Bradford, Spiderman, 2015
Installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2015
Photo: Brian Forrest
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