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Wasting Your Beautiful Mind: Coolidge Antiquitas (2nd Presidential Edition)
August 26, 2017 – October 1, 2017
In this suite of last ladies I am undergoing a massive renovation of Grace Coolidge’s risque art-deco collection that was housed in a green room during her tenure at FLOTUS in 1924. In my 21st century remodel, the room is stocked to its brim with majestic African sculptures that are composed of living incarcerated heads and deceased oligarch bodies. Like Coolidge I too am elevating recognizable national emblems so as to reestablish all things that are quintessentially American.
This installation is composed of works mostly done on watercolor and Xerox paper, drawn and collaged using ink, graphite, silver gouache, blade and glue.
Yanique Norman is a multimedia artist whose work primarily deals with privilege and nationalistic ideologies all the while pondering a decolonial future. In an ongoing series that predominately feature collage on paper, video and sculpture, Norman reworks official portraits of Presidential wives so as to allude to a troubled past. Work serves as a reclamation project by reimagining iconic images so as to both reflect and institute a fungible counter narrative regarding blackness. Currently based out of Atlanta, Norman is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA, 2018) and Georgia State University (BFA, 2014). Recent exhibitions include NADA House (New York); Sullivan Galleries (Chicago); Sandler Hudson Gallery (Atlanta); Hudgens Center for the Arts (Duluth); Mast (Atlanta); Illges Gallery at Columbus State University (Columbus); Gallery 72 (Atlanta); Zuckerman Museum of Art (Kennesaw); The Atlanta Contemporary and Museum of Contemporary art of Georgia. Her work is in the public collections of the High Museum; Hammonds House Museum and the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum. In 2018, she was awarded the Susan Antinori Visual Artist Grant. In 2020, Norman will have her first solo museum exhibition at Albany Museum of Art.
- Curated by Daniel Fuller