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Connected by Glass | 37th Rakow Commission Unveiling with Charisse Pearlina Weston

The 37th Rakow Commission will be unveiled on March 16 with a lecture by conceptual artist and writer Charisse Pearlina Weston. The mixed-media work, titled to appear before the first beat of unwilling end (anacrusis), continues the artist's ongoing investigations into Black life, intimacy, and technologies of surveillance. Using methods of enfoldment, withholding, and repetition, which she terms as “Black tactics of refusal,” the work mediates on the dynamic interplay of violence and intimacy. The Museum’s Rakow Commission, in its 37th year, supports the creation of a new work in glass by an artist who pushes the boundaries of the material and who is not yet represented in CMoG’s permanent collection. The annual award was first presented in 1986, and recipients have ranged from emerging to established artists.