NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith
February 22 - September 13, 2009
For centuries, artists have wrestled with how to incorporate spirituality into their work. NeoHooOoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, co-organized by The Menil Collection and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, brings together an intergenerational group of artists who address ritual in the artistic process and the wider implications of spirituality in contemporary art - with a particular emphasis on sculpture and three-dimensional art. The term HooDoo, which originated in nineteenth-century America, refers to religion and ritual, while in contemporary art, NeoHooDoo is aspiritual practice outside of any definable faith or creed. Challenging conceptions of "insider" and "outsider" art, the artists in the exhibition frequently create work using everyday objects that resonate both within the confines of a gallery or museum and among their own local audiences.
NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith is co-organized by The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a Museum of Modern Art affiliate. The exhibition is generously supported by The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Anonymous, William J. Hill, Beth and Rick Schnieders, Sara Dodd Spickelmier and Keith Spickelmier, Barbara and Charles Wright, Nina and Michael Zilkha, The Cullen Foundation, Houston Endowment, and the City of Houston. The presentation at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center was made possible by The Friends of Education of the Museum of Modern Art, David Teiger, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. Its presentation in Miami is supported by MAM's Annual Exhibition Fund.