Exhibition Free


2/2/2024 - 2/18/2024

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum 2F Exhibition Gallery

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View of the performance, David Hammons’ Bliz-aard Ball Sale
Cooper Square, New York, 1983/2017 (Image Number: 0160626)
Photo: Dawoud Bey
©2024 David Hammons/ARS, New York/JASPAR, Tokyo B0711

Is an African-American man selling snowballs on the streets of New York a fraud or an alchemist . . . ? How many people at the time realized that this was a performance titled Bliz-aard Ball Sale (1983) by David Hammons, an artist who would later become a legend? Phat Free (1995), which begins with several minutes of darkness overlaid with only the echoes of an irregular and disturbing metallic sound, is said to be Hammons’ only video work. The sounds echoing through the city at night are like alarm bells or the rhythms of an improvisational jazz session. Breaking away from museums, galleries and other authoritative spaces of art, Hammons’ performances use familiar materials and simple ideas to critique historical and social realities along with racism tied to privileged ideas and institutions, seeking freedom from them. The screening program will also include the Japan premiere of Hammons’ documentary film The Melt Goes On Forever: The Art and Times of David Hammons.

Dates: February 2 – 18, 2024, 10:00–20:00 (Until 18:00 on the final day)
Closed on Mondays [Please note the exhibition is open on Monday, February 12 but closed on Tuesday, February 13]
Venue: Tokyo Photographic Art Museum 2F Exhibition Gallery