“The Timmerman’s Kitchen, New Canaan, CT” (2020) by Wardell Milan

 
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THE FIRST MAJOR solo museum exhibition of Harlem-based Wardell Milan confronts the hate entrenched in American society. Milan presents new works on paper that explore the daily lives of white supremacists alongside a chapel-inspired “safe space.” The site-specific structure designed by Billy Ray Morgan serves as a stage for a series of collaborative performances choreographed by Milan with Zachary Tye Richardson: Black Male Body, Female Body, Trans Body, Migrant Body, and Quarantined Body. The exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Bronx Museum of the Arts, a yearlong celebration emphasizing the institution’s dedication to social justice. CT

 

“Wardell Milan: Amerika. God Bless You If It’s Good To You,” Curated by Holly Block Social Justice Curator Jasmine Wahi, is on view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, from June 23-Oct. 24, 2021

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Installation view of “Wardell Milan: Amerika. God Bless You If It’s Good To You,” Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, N.Y., June 23-Oct. 24, 2021. | Photo by Argenis Apolinario, Courtesy The Bronx Museum of the Arts

 


WARDELL MILAN, “My knees getting weak, and my anger my anger might explode, but if God got us then we gonna be alright, 2021 (charcoal, graphite, oil pastel, colored pencil, china marker, pastel, cut and pasted paper on hand dyed paper, 51 x 59 1/2 inches). | Courtesy of Private Collection

 


Installation view of “Wardell Milan: Amerika. God Bless You If It’s Good To You,” Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, N.Y., June 23-Oct. 24, 2021. | Photo by Argenis Apolinario, Courtesy The Bronx Museum of the Arts

 


WARDELL MILAN, “Anti-Negress, Regina,” 2021 (graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, cut and pasted paper on yupo paper, 14 x 11 inches). | Courtesy of Private Collection

 


WARDELL MILAN, “Anti-Negress, Joyce,” 2021 (graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, cut and pasted paper on yupo paper, 11 x 14 inches). | Courtesy of Private Collection

 


Installation view of “Wardell Milan: Amerika. God Bless You If It’s Good To You,” Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, N.Y., June 23-Oct. 24, 2021. | Photo by Argenis Apolinario, Courtesy The Bronx Museum of the Arts

 


WARDELL MILAN, Detail of “Spencer,” 2020 (plaster, and polyurethane foam on Tulip poplar with Padauk wood pedestal with chin rest, 37 x 17 x 13 inches). | Courtesy the Artist

 


“5 Indices on a Tortured Body” by Wardell Milan and Zachary Tye Richardson, Opening performance for “Wardell Milan: Amerika: God Bless You If It’s Good to You,” Performed by Wardell Milan and Zachary Tye Richardson, June 23, 2021. | Photo by Madison McGaw/BFA.com, Courtesy The Bronx Museum of the Arts

 


“5 Indices on a Tortured Body” by Wardell Milan and Zachary Tye Richardson, Opening performance for “Wardell Milan: Amerika: God Bless You If It’s Good to You,” Performed by Wardell Milan and Zachary Tye Richardson, June 23, 2021. | Photo by Madison McGaw/BFA.com, Courtesy The Bronx Museum of the Arts

 


“5 Indices on a Tortured Body” by Wardell Milan and Zachary Tye Richardson, Opening performance for “Wardell Milan: Amerika: God Bless You If It’s Good to You,” Performed by Wardell Milan and Zachary Tye Richardson, June 23, 2021. | Photo by Madison McGaw/BFA.com, Courtesy The Bronx Museum of the Arts

 


Installation view of “Wardell Milan: Amerika. God Bless You If It’s Good To You,” Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, N.Y., June 23-Oct. 24, 2021. Shown, Metal sculpture by Billy Rae Morgan. | Photo by Argenis Apolinario, Courtesy The Bronx Museum of the Arts

 


WARDELL MILAN, From the suite, “The Balcony,” 2019 (8 etchings on paper, Each plate: 10 1/4 x 13 inches; Each sheet: 15 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches), Edition 2 of 12, with 3 AP (#2/12). | © Wardell Milan, Courtesy of David Nolan Gallery

 


WARDELL MILAN, “Amerika: God bless you if it’s good to you,” 2020 (charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, pastel, oil stick, cut-and-pasted paper on hand dyed paper, 66 x 80 1/2 inches). | Courtesy of David Nolan Gallery

 


WARDELL MILAN, “Knight of the White Camelia no. 5,” 2021 (charcoal, graphite, china marker, colored pencil, oil paint on panel, 30 x 24 inches). | Courtesy David Nolan Gallery

 


Installation view of “Wardell Milan: Amerika. God Bless You If It’s Good To You,” Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, N.Y., June 23-Oct. 24, 2021. | Photo by Argenis Apolinario, The Courtesy Bronx Museum of the Arts

 


Installation view of “Wardell Milan: Amerika. God Bless You If It’s Good To You,” Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, N.Y., June 23-Oct. 24, 2021. | Photo by Argenis Apolinario, Courtesy The Bronx Museum of the Arts

 


WARDELL MILAN, “The decapitaded heads of the insurgents, 2021 (acrylic, charcoal, graphite, china marker, colored pencil, pastel, Yupo paper, cut and pasted paper, 29 3/4 x 22 1/4 inches). | Courtesy Private Collection

 


WARDELL MILAN, “4 Female Warriors Sunbathing,” 2021 (acrylic, charcoal, graphite, china marker, colored pencil, pastel, yupo paper, cut and pasted paper, 29 3/4 x 22 1/4 inches). | Courtesy of Private Collection

 


“5 Indices on a Tortured Body” by Wardell Milan and Zachary Tye Richardson, Performance in chapel-inspired “safe space,” part of “Wardell Milan: Amerika: God Bless You If It’s Good to You,” Performed by Wardell Milan and Zachary Tye Richardson, June 23, 2021. | Photo by Madison McGaw/BFA.com, Courtesy The Bronx Museum of the Arts

 

TOP IMAGE: WARDELL MILAN, “The Timmerman’s Kitchen, New Canaan, CT,” 2020 (charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, pastel, oil stick, cut-and-pasted paper on hand dyed paper, 66 x 81 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches). | Private Collection, Courtesy David Nolan Gallery

 

FIND MORE about Wardell Milan on the artist’s website

 

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