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  1. Friday, July 10, 2020

  2. Saturday, July 11, 2020

21c Durham Raises Jayson Musson’s “A Horror” Flag in Tandem with Creative Time

This morning at 10 a.m., in partnership with Creative Time, 21c Museum Hotel Durham hoisted the fifth public artwork in the nationwide Pledges of Allegiance series, A​ ​Horror​​ ​by​ ​artist​ ​​Jayson​ ​Musson​.

Musson’s​ ​flag,​ ​forces​ ​the​ ​viewer​ ​to​ ​engage​ ​in​ ​an​ ​all​ ​too​ ​befitting​ ​commentary​ ​on​ ​our​ ​political​ ​present. “​While​ ​Walter​ ​Benjamin​ ​referred​ ​to​ ​the​ ​history​ ​of​ ​civilization​ ​as​ ​a​ ​history​ ​of​ ​barbarism,​ ​Jayson​ ​Musson​ ​sees​ ​this phenomena​ ​in​ ​the​ ​spirit​ ​of​ ​SAW,​ ​Leprechaun​ ​2,​ ​and​ ​The​ ​Exorcist.​”​ ​said​ ​Nato​ ​Thompson,​ ​Artistic​ ​Director​ ​at Creative​ ​Time.

“I​ ​find​ ​patriotism​ ​lazy;​ ​I​ ​was​ ​born​ ​Here,​ ​therefore​ ​Here​ ​is​ ​great,”​ ​said​ ​Jayson​ ​Musson.​ ​“Patriotism​ ​is​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the progression​ ​of​ ​history​ ​in​ ​which​ ​a​ ​few​ ​mighty​ ​sovereign​ ​states​ ​crushed​ ​nearly​ ​the​ ​entirety​ ​of​ ​the​ ​globe​ ​underfoot in​ ​pursuit​ ​of​ ​their​ ​inalienable​ ​rights​ ​which​ ​more​ ​often​ ​than​ ​not,​ ​was​ ​simply​ ​the​ ​pursuit​ ​of​ ​riches.”

As part of 21c’s partnership with Creative Time, a new artist-designed flag will be installed at 21c Durham on the same day the flag is raised at Creative Time headquarters in New York City and at other partner sites for the next six months.

In a gesture of solidarity, the flag will be raised simultaneously at the following seven locations: Creative​ ​Time​ ​headquarters​​ ​at​​ ​59​ ​E​ ​4th​ ​Street​​ ​in​ ​New​ ​York,​ ​NY, University​ ​of​ ​South​ ​Florida​ ​Contemporary​ ​Art​ ​Museum​ ​​in​ ​Tampa,​ ​FL, Museum​ ​of​ ​Contemporary​ ​Art​ ​Detroit​ ​(MOCAD)​ ​​in​​ ​​Detroit,​ ​MI, Herbert​ ​F​ ​Johnson​ ​Museum​ ​of​ ​Art​ ​​at​ ​Cornell​ ​University​ ​in​ ​Ithaca,​ ​NY, KMAC​ ​Museum​ ​​in​ ​Louisville,​ ​KY, RISD​ ​Museum​ ​​at​ ​Rhode​ ​Island​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Design​ ​in​ ​​Providence​,​ ​ and 21c​ ​Museum​ ​Hotel​ ​​in​ ​Durham,​ ​NC. Musson’s flag will fly for the remainder of the month before being replaced by the next Pledges of Allegiance flag.

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Image: 21c Museum Hotels presents A Horror, by ​Jayson​ ​Musson, part of Creative Time’s Pledges of Allegiance. Pledges of Allegiance was originally conceived by Alix Browne and developed in collaboration with Cian Browne, Fabienne Stephan, and Opening Ceremony.

Brooklyn-based​ ​artist​ ​Jayson​ ​Musson​ ​burst​ ​onto​ ​the​ ​scene​ ​in​ ​2010​ ​in​ ​the​ ​form​ ​of​ ​his​ ​online​ ​hip-hop​ ​alter ego,​ ​Hennessy​ ​Youngman,​ ​offering​ ​hilarious​ ​and​ ​strident​ ​discourses​ ​on​ ​contemporary​ ​art​ ​and​ ​its discontents​ ​through​ ​his​ ​video​ ​series,​ ​​Art​ ​Thoughtz​,​ ​which​ ​quickly​ ​became​ ​an​ ​Internet​ ​phenomenon.​ ​​ ​In his​ ​non-video​ ​work,​ ​he​ ​also​ ​works​ ​in​ ​the​ ​productive​ ​gap​ ​between​ ​high​ ​and​ ​low​ ​culture.​ ​In​ ​writing, performance​ ​and​ ​visual​ ​art​ ​that​ ​incisively​ ​satirizes​ ​and​ ​confuses​ ​pop​ ​culture​ ​and​ ​the​ ​art​ ​world,​ ​Jayson Musson​ ​provokes​ ​the​ ​boundaries​ ​that​ ​define​ ​cultural​ ​stereotypes.​ ​Musson’s​ ​consideration​ ​of​ ​a​ ​public extends​ ​beyond​ ​the​ ​confines​ ​of​ ​art​ ​institutions,​ ​deliberately​ ​entering​ ​the​ ​open​ ​arenas​ ​of​ ​mass​ ​media. Musson’s​ ​latest​ ​solo​ ​exhibition,​ ​​Demon​ ​All​ ​Day​,​ ​opened​ ​in​ ​May​ ​at​ ​Salon​ ​94​ ​in​ ​New​ ​York​ ​City.

Creative​ ​Time,​ ​the​ ​New​ ​York​ ​based​ ​public​ ​arts​ ​non-profit,​ ​is​ ​committed​ ​to​ ​working​ ​with​ ​artists​ ​on​ ​the dialogues,​ ​debates,​ ​and​ ​dreams​ ​of​ ​our​ ​time.​ ​Creative​ ​Time​ ​presents​ ​the​ ​most​ ​innovative​ ​art​ ​in​ ​the​ ​public realm,​ ​providing​ ​new​ ​platforms​ ​to​ ​amplify​ ​artists’​ ​voices,​ ​including​ ​the​ ​Creative​ ​Time​ ​Summit,​ ​an international​ ​conference​ ​convening​ ​at​ ​the​ ​intersection​ ​of​ ​art​ ​and​ ​social​ ​justice.

Since​ ​1974,​ ​Creative​ ​Time​ ​has​ ​produced​ ​over​ ​350​ ​groundbreaking​ ​public​ ​art​ ​projects​ ​that​ ​ignite​ ​the imagination,​ ​explore​ ​ideas​ ​that​ ​shape​ ​society,​ ​and​ ​engage​ ​millions​ ​of​ ​people​ ​around​ ​the​ ​globe.​ ​Since​ ​its inception,​ ​the​ ​non-profit​ ​organization​ ​has​ ​been​ ​at​ ​the​ ​forefront​ ​of​ ​socially​ ​engaged​ ​public​ ​art,​ ​seeking​ ​to convert​ ​the​ ​power​ ​of​ ​artists’​ ​ideas​ ​into​ ​works​ ​that​ ​inspire​ ​and​ ​challenge​ ​the​ ​public.​ ​Creative​ ​Time​ ​projects stimulate​ ​dialogue​ ​on​ ​timely​ ​issues,​ ​and​ ​initiate​ ​a​ ​dynamic​ ​experience​ ​between​ ​artists,​ ​sites,​ ​and audiences.