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Simone Leigh in "Down Time: On the Art of Retreat"

Simone Leigh, No Face (House), 2017, Terracotta, porcelain, ink, raffia

24 x 22 x 22 inches (61 x 55.9 x 55.9 cm)

Simone Leigh is featured in Down Time: On the Art of Retreat on view at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago, Illinois.


The artworks in Down Time present a range of public, private, and imagined settings—from lush gardens in France, to shadowy hallways, to kaleidoscopic landscapes—that point to realms of retreat. With particular attention to how artists have represented black subjects in places of respite, and how black artists have aspired to, imagined, performed, and created spaces for sustaining themselves at a remove from everyday life and extreme events, this exhibition asks: what drives the creation of these “other” spaces, how have artists envisioned them, and how does “getting away” shape an ultimate return?