Kalup Linzy: If it Donít Fit is the first museum survey of the artistís work, and includes approximately twenty videos made over the last seven years, a drawing suite and a one-night acoustic performance. From his original take on the soap opera and family drama to his foul-mouthed music videos and filmic shorts, this compilation tracks the artistís range and cast of characters. The title, If it Donít Fit, is appropriated from a song Linzy used in a recent video, and evokes his exploration of the emotional realities of aspiration, disappointment, sexuality and belonging.
Linzy first presented his motley crew of characters at the Studio Museum in African Queen (2005), and then again in Frequency (2005), a group exhibition of emerging artists. Since then, he has continued to draw on the formal qualities of a variety of American performance genres: the thorny humor of minstrelsy and sketch comedy; the innuendo of prewar blues and hokum; the hyperbole of early cinema and soap opera; and the slickness of popular culture, house music and the gay ball and club scenes.
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