Jun 6th 2023

Rest and Labor: A Gravity Pleasure Switchback Tour

@ Gallery 400

400 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Tuesday, June 6th, from 4PM - 5PM

On view through Saturday, August 5th


Join Gallery 400 staff, Jaira Harrington, UIC Assistant Professor in Black Studies, and Yaz (Yasmine) Dukan, Assistant Director for Civic Engagement at UIC’s Gender and Sexuality Center for a tour of Gravity Pleasure Switchback. The tour centers the entangled relationships of rest and labor as expressed in artist Derrick Woods Morrow’s work alongside our own lives. Harrington and our staff each respond to a specific artwork from the exhibition, drawing from their own practice to activate the space and imagine possibilities for respite in the never-ending hustle of modern life.

The first major solo exhibition of Derrick Woods-Morrow, Gravity Pleasure Switchback manifests itself as a euphoric dream state containing the phases and spaces inhabited by Black American Southerners. Woods-Morrow engages everyday materials to accentuate the vast shine, grit, and tangible labor being performed in private domesticity. Wavering between life and death, rest and the hustle of everyday life, the exhibition is grounded in the exploration of the body as a place of boundless possibility.

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