Exhibitions - 9999

Cameron A. Granger
9999

05.19.24 – 09.22.24

a photo of a black man crouching in a crater. A black hole distorts the space beside him.

Cameron Granger, "Before I Let Go (film still)," 2023, Digital video (23min) inside of a torn down home, made from wood found in Harlem, 10' x 10' x 8', Photo: Kris Graves.

In 9999, Cameron A. Granger unmasks power structures and their hidden, yet accumulative, violence in shaping Black neighborhoods. Granger blends history and the supernatural in his films and interdisciplinary visual art practice to both scrutinize the construction of systemic oppression and imagine alternative futures. For his solo exhibition, Granger will debut film, installation, and sculptures that combine histories of Black magicians and conjurers with the iconography of video games to examine the insidiously concealed influences of urban planning on Black communities. Through this narrative framework, Granger exposes the spellbind of racist city planning and offers talismen and other charms as both a passage to safety and a tool to break free. 

 

Cameron A. Granger: 9999 is curated by Sarah Cho, Assistant Curator.

 

Cameron A. Granger (b. Cleveland, OH, 1993) is an In Situ Artist Fellow at the Queens Museum. He attended Euclid, OH public schools and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Granger has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions at No Place Gallery, Columbus, OH (2022); Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY (2019), and Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA (2018), among others. He has shown in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2022), Jack Shainman The School, Kinderhook, NY (2022), and The Bemis Center for the Arts, Omaha, NE (2021), among others. Granger was an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY (2022). His film, Before I Let Go, was awarded Best Experimental Film and the Audience Award at the 2023 BlackStar Film Festival. Granger’s work can be found in the collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH. He is a member of MINT Collective & ACRE Residency. Granger lives and works between Columbus, OH and Queens, NY. 

Supporters

The In Situ Fellowship is made possible in part by lead support from the Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Ford Foundation.

 

The Queens Museum is housed in the New York City Building, which is owned by the City of New York.

The Museum is supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Mayor Eric Adams, the Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, and the New York City Council under the leadership of Speaker Adrienne E. Adams.

Major funding is generously provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, Hearst Foundations, Jerome Foundation, MacMillan Family Foundation, Mellon Foundation, E.A. Michelson Philanthropy, New York Community Trust, Lambent Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.