Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It's 2 Late: Vol. 2


  • Tony Cokes, Evil.16: Torture Musik, 2009–2011, still, 16:27 minutes, color, sound, HD video. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York, Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles, and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.

  • Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, The Will and The Way...Fragment 2 (video)2019. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

  • Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, The Will and The Way...Fragment 2 (video)2019; and Tony Cokes, The Queen Is Dead...Fragment 1 (video), 2019. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

  • Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, The Will and The Way...Fragment 1 (video)2019. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

  • nstallation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, The Morrissey Problem (video)2019. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

  • Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, Evil.16 (Torture.Musik) (video)2009–2011. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

  • Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, The Will and The Way...Fragment 2 (video), 2019. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

  • Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, Untitled (m.j.: the symptom) (video), 2020. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

  • Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, The Morrissey Problem (video)2019. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.


Exhibition

Jan 31 – Jul 16, 2020
Levels 1 and 3


Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It's 2 Late: Vol. 2 provides an opportunity to see a broad range of powerful artworks made by Cokes since the 1980s, alongside two newly commissioned films. Cokes’s video works are eviscerating critiques and affective art works, bringing together color theory, sound, music, and texts quoting a polyphony of voices such as Louis Althusser, Malcolm X, David Bowie, Public Enemy and Donald Trump. Meeting political and social commentary with cultural theory and a critique of capitalism, Cokes’s films starkly confront the social conditions, as well as the specific prejudices and threats encountered by black subjects. Recent works range across minimal techno, the Bush administration’s use of color to engender a perpetual culture of fear, and music used to torture detainees during the so-called “war on terror.”

Two new works will be produced for the exhibition, one of which is specific to the context of the Carpenter Center, and another will be co-commissioned by the exhibition’s three organizers. Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It's 2 Late: Vol. 2 is co-organized with Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art (September 28, 2019–January 12, 2020) and ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts, Brussels (April–July 2020). A publication with newly commissioned texts will be co-published between the organizing institutions and Goldsmiths Press, London. 
 

Public Programs

Screening + Talk
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
Followed by a conversation with director Matt Wolf
Monday, February 17, 2020
7 pm
Level B, Theater, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Presented in collaboration with the Harvard Film Archive

Talk
Kemi Adeyemi
Thursday, March 12, 2020
6:30–8 pm
Level 3, Bookshop

Artist Talk 
Tony Cokes and Christoph Cox
Thursday, April 9, 2020
6:30–8 pm
Level 3, Bookshop

Talk
David Reinfurt: A *New* Program for Graphic Design
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
6:30–8 pm
Level 3, Bookshop


Generous support for Carpenter Center programing is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 


Tony Cokes

Tony Cokes was born in 1956. He received a B.A. from Goddard College, Vermont; participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program; and gained an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. He has received grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Getty Research Institute. Cokes's video and multimedia installation works have been included in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Guggenheim Museum in Soho; The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Documenta X, Kassel, Germany; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Recent solo exhibitions and screenings have taken place at REDCAT, Los Angeles; the Gene Siskel Film Center at the University of Chicago; and Greene Naftali Gallery, New York. Cokes lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University.
 


Tony Cokes, Untitled (m.j.: the symptom), 2020. HD video, color, stereo. 40:47 min. Courtesy of Tony Cokes; Greene Naftali, New York; Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles; and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.