Christopher Myers will show three bodies of work in the three floors of Fort Gansevoort — from tapestries and embroideries to model boats — that evoke the hardships and journeys for belonging of migrants. Inspired by a poem by blues singer Mississippi John Hurt (“Let the mermaids flirt with me / When my earthly days are over”) Myers’ show pays homage to the ocean and the notion of death in the spaces of travel between here and there.
Referring to his own African-American identity as “the first hyphenated peoples,” Myers uses metaphors to explore a contemporary context in which immigrants live on the hyphen between geographic regions and their dreams. Myers employs traditional techniques like quilting, embroider, ship-building, and sailmaking with contributions by craftspeople from Saigon and Luxor to tell a story about a world ironically connected by displacement. Through craft and image, Myers engages in conversation with those who exist in between two worlds and belong to neither.
The opening reception for Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me will be held on September 14 from 6 to 8pm.
Christopher Myers: Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me
September 14 – October 27, 2018
5 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014