On August 24th, Citizens of Humanity along with UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) will present a midcareer retrospective of the work of Barry McGee. Curated by BAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rinder with Assistant Curator Dena Beard, the exhibition explores over two decades of McGee’s formal and thematic development.
Presenting a diverse range of work from the past 23 years, the exhibition features rarely seen early work as well as several of McGee’s most important large-scale installations. These include: a tower of nearly 80 television sets; a bodega market; animatronic taggers; and a 150-foot three-dimensional cluster of paintings, drawings, and photographs. Adjacent galleries will display a selection of McGee’s work from the late 1980s to the present, featuring a number of rarely seen early works and many collaborative projects, including drawings, paintings, sculpture, video, zines, and some unexpected media.