KEHINDE WILEY / THE WORLD STAGE: ISRAEL

The exhibition includes the display for a dozen large-scale paintings that are part of he artist’s series of portraits from different cultures. As part of Wiley’s narrative, he selected various pieces of Judaica from the Museum’s collection. The design places the paintings in counterpoint to these tapestries, cutouts and drawings. All Judaica is displayed in large horizontal vitrines, while the painting are on large white walls that are superimposed into the traditional rooms of the Museum. The historic fabric, painted a rich dark green, accents the vibrant colors of the portraits and their wood frames.

CJS enjoyed a collaborative working relationship with Kehinde Wiley with whom we met on a number of occasions in order to make the installation not only a strong visual and spatial display of his portraits but to ensure that the intellectual discourse behind the layout fit with what he has been trying to achieve in his work.