‘Projects: Kahlil Robert Irving’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Projects: Kahlil Robert Irving at the Museum of Modern Art includes works made between 2018 and 2021, entering around site-specific wallpaper works that engulf the gallery space and depict a digital scroll—what the artist describes as “an everlasting feedback loop of my experience.” The wallpaper pays homage to the structural composition of an architectural frieze, a New York City skyline, and the ornate adornment seen on the walls of institutional period rooms. The immersive display of twenty-four sculptural, digital, and two-dimensional works expands on Irving’s ongoing research into, and practice of, collage and assemblage.

Kahlil Robert Irving is a multimedia artist based in St. Louis, Missouri, who creates dense assemblages of images and sculptural replicas of everyday objects. Drawing from an infinite scroll of digital culture, Irving mines the internet as a living archive of Black life, death, remembrance, celebration, and survival.

Kahlil Robert Irving (b. 1992, San Diego, CA) is an artist currently living and working in the USA. He attended the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art, Washington University in St. Louis (MFA fellow, 2017); and the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA, art history and ceramics/sculpture, 2015). His work has been exhibited at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas; the Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona; and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, among others.

Currently, Irving is presenting a group of new sculptures in the New Museum Triennial Soft Water Hard Stone, co-curated by Jamillah James and Margot Norton. Irving was recently awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. In 2018, Irving’s first institutional solo exhibition took place at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts, Middletown, Connecticut, and was accompanied by a full-color catalogue with essays and an interview. He is currently presenting a large-scale commission in the lobby of the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. Irving’s work was also featured in the exhibitions Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950-2019 and Nothing Is So Humble: Prints from Everyday Objects at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His work is in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas; the RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Organised by Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, with Legacy Russel, former Associate Curator, Exhibitions (now Executive Director and Chief Curator, The Kitchen). This exhibition is part of a multiyear partnership between The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1.

The exhibition will be on view from the 18th of December 2021 until the 1st of May 2022. For more information, please visit studiomuseum.org