Tuesday, September 22, 2009

EL MUSEO DEL GHETTO / G Fine Art Presents

Jefferson Pinder and José Ruiz At G Fine Art, Washington DC

Jefferson Pinder, José Ruiz, Roulette, video, 2009

September 26 – October 24 20009
Opening reception September 26, 2009, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Curated by Christopher K. Ho

@ 625-27 E Street NW
Washington DC 20004

(G Fine Art) El Museo del Ghetto is pleased to present new, major collaborative and individual works by Jefferson Pinder and Jose Ruiz at its temporary location on 625-27 E Street, NW, Washington, DC. El Museo del Ghetto at once deepens and exceeds the constellation of issues—about history, narrative, and identity—explored with various intensity in Pinder’s 2006 solo show at G Fine Art, and subjects them to the sly, deadpan humor evident in Ruiz’s own previous solo shows, in 2005 and 2007.

Perhaps the signal piece is Roulette, a collaborative video projected in the main space, Pinder puts a gun to his head and pulls the trigger. Ruiz responds by taking a different kind of shot—of tequila. The initial set up—a simple alternation, registered by the camera’s back and forth movement—engenders radically divergent, even contradictory, narrative structures. The anxious anticipation of watching Pinder’s game of Russian roulette eventually softens into staccato rhythm, while Ruiz becomes increasingly incapacitated by alcohol. That Pinder is African American and Ruiz is Latin American adds yet another layer.

Open Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm

Tel: 202 462 1601

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