Aug 1, 2022
Thomas J Price: Witness marks the British sculptor’s first US solo institutional presentation. Price’s nine-foot bronze figure, The Distance Within (2021), sited within Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park, depicts a young Black man looking down at his cell phone. The form of the piece pays homage to a work titled Network that the artist originally presented in the United Kingdom in 2013. Price’s practice is in dialogue with questions of monuments and whose voices remain unheard through various forms of surveillance. By putting The Distance Within into the larger context of what it means to be surveilled through local policing tactics and monitored resources, the conversations and resources below provide cross-continental reflections on the effects of urbanization on Black underserved communities, as well as how Black bodies are subject to surveillance and spectatorship in in the everyday.
The following articles, videos, and playlists offer a deeper understanding and connection to Price’s artistic process. This resource page is organized into four sections, Listen, Learn, Read, and Watch, which highlight how Thomas J Price: Witness is situated within larger conversations around monuments, iconography, and visual politics. We hope this resource page stimulates and inspires an approach to contemporary works from a multi-sensory perspective.
For additional resources for Thomas J Price: Witness, such as a somatic practice activity, download and explore the Studio Museum’s digital guide in the Bloomberg Connects App here.
The Black Curriculum
Participants will create a living monument of themselves or a loved one using movement and photography inspired by the work of Thomas J Price.