Legacy Russell (LEGACY) is a writer, artist, and curator. She has worked at and produced programs for The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Creative Time, the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. Legacy is one-third of the curatorial production team Limited Time Only. In September 2011, she was appointed as Art Editor of BOMB Magazine’s renowned online journal, BOMBlog, where she has since stayed on as a Contributing Editor. Outside of BOMB, her work can be found in a variety of publications: DIS, Canteen, The Well & Often Reader, Exit Strata, The Society Pages, Guernica, berfrois, and beyond. Her most recent performance, “The Initiation”, debuted December 2012 as a commission for The Museum of Arts and Design in New York. A candidate for an MRes of Visual Culture at Goldsmiths University in London, her creative and academic work explores mourning, remembrance, iconography, and idolatry within the public realm.
IN THE ARTIST'S WORDS
My practice honors a tradition of social pomp and circumstance within the histories of religious rite and liturgy. I want to understand how notions of “worship” have been or can be informed, impacted, redressed, and manipulated by the broadcast of modern American culture. Tangible constructions inspired by the often intangible landscapes of memory and identity, the objects and actions that rise to the surface have escaped their points of origin and serve the function of participating in newfound wayward ceremonies of remembrance, iconography, and idolatry. With my work, I inquire, “How does ritual manifest in spaces ordinarily designated as ‘secular’?”
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Image credit: Photography by Cristelle de Castro, as styled by Julie Brooke Williams for V Magazine.