Ruffneck constructivists : Dineo Seshee Bopape, Kendell Geers, Arthur Jafa, Jennie C. Jones, Kahlil Joseph, Deana Lawson, Rodney McMillian, Pope. L, Tim Portlock, Lior Shvil, Szymon Tomsia / curated by Kara Walker.
- [Philadelphia, Pa.] : Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania ; Brooklyn, New York : Dancing Foxes Press,  , ©2014
96 unnumbered pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
- African American art -- Exhibitions.
Politics in art -- Exhibitions.
Architecture in art -- Exhibitions.
African American art.
Architecture in art.
Politics in art.
- Exhibition catalogs.
- Place of Publication:
- United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia.
- "Ruffneck Constructivists," published to accompany a group exhibition curated by artist Kara Walker, brings together 11 international artists in order to define a contemporary manifesto of urban architecture and change. Inspired by both the Russian Constructivists and McLyte's 1993 hit song "Ruffneck," the phrase "Ruffneck Constructivists" evokes thuggishness as an expression of abjection. The book features sculpture, photography and video by the artists Dineo Seshee Bopape, Kendell Geers, Arthur Jafa, Jennie C. Jones, Kahlil Joseph, Deana Lawson, Rodney McMillian, Pope. L, Tim Portlock, Lior Shvil and Szymon Tomsia. As Walker states, "Ruffneck Constructivists are defiant shapers of environments. Whatever their gender affiliation, Ruffnecks go hard when all around them they see weakness, softness, compromise, sermonizing, poverty, and lack; they don't change the world through conscious actions, instead they build themselves into the world one assault at a time."--Publisher.
- Preface / Amy Sadao
Ruffneck constructivism / Kara Walker
Cuirass architecture / Craig L. Wilkins
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Jenni C. Jones
- Published on the occasion of the exhibit "Ruffneck Constructivists," curated by Kara Walker, on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, February 12-August 17, 2014.
Texts by Kara Walker and Craig Wilkins.
Includes bibliographical references.
- Penn Chronology:
- Walker, Kara Elizabeth, curator, writer of added text.
Wilkins, Craig L., 1961- writer of added text.
University of Pennsylvania. Institute of Contemporary Art, host institution.
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