My Barbarian’s work is on view in the Museum’s second floor galleries and in the Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Gallery (Lobby Gallery). Performances will also take place in the Lobby Gallery on select Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays in March. Check the calendar for additional information.
My Barbarian, a collective consisting of Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade, draws from experimental performance, traditional theater, and visual art to produce live events, music, and videos.
Installed in the Lobby Gallery, a multimedia installation composed of papier-mâché masks, projected backdrops, and triangular wooden stage explores the relationship between motherhood, identity, and social change. On select Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, My Barbarian activates the installation with a live adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Mother (first performed in 1932).
In the second floor galleries, Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse (2013) combines influential texts by psychoanalyst Melanie Klein and by former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The video features artists Mary Kelly (b. 1941), in the role of French Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt (channeling psychoanalytic theorists), and Eleanor Antin (b. 1935), who plays a character inspired by Roosevelt. My Barbarian’s members also appear in the video, as well as their three mothers. Gaines, Gordon, and Segade were each “born into and out of” the second-wave feminist movement of the 1970s—the decade in which Antin and Kelly produced some of their most influential work.
Academy Records and Matt Hanner
Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna
Paravel, and Sensory Ethnography Lab
Critical Practices Inc.
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Gaylen Gerber with David Hammons,
Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu
Tony Greene curated by Richard
Hawkins and Catherine Opie
Yve Laris Cohen
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon
and Alexandro Segade)
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott
Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan
Charline von Heyl
David Foster Wallace