Mystic Detectives | Oct.16-Dec.2, 2018 | Samek Art Museum
Mystic Detectives includes artists that are inspired by – and sometimes critical of – historical Surrealism including queer artists, women, and people of color. These artists bring new histories and fresh political urgency to bear on Surrealism’s social critique. Like the original Surrealists, they often work in a psychological or aesthetic mode rather than openly political. In an interview, author Ishmael Reed was asked why his books were not more literal in their activism. His response, as quoted in the Afro-Surrealist manifesto, calls on artists to invade dominant culture through the back door of aesthetics.
“You let the social realists go after the flatfoots out there on the beat and we’ll go after the Pope and see which action causes a revolution. We are mystical detectives about to make an arrest.”