Carey Young: The New Architecture is the artist’s first solo museum show in the US since 2009. This exhibition will include the world debut of Palais de Justice (2017), a new video work by the London-based artist, together with a selection of new and existing photographic and text-based works.
Palais de Justice was filmed at the Palais de Justice in Brussels, an enormous, ornate 19th-century courthouse designed to depict law in terms of the sublime. Contradicting the familiar patriarchal culture of law, Young’s camera portrays female judges and lawyers at court. Sitting at trial, directing proceedings or delivering judgments, female judges are seen through a series of circular windows in courtroom doors. Palais de Justice subtly builds a counter-narrative: a legal system seemingly centered on, and perhaps controlled by, women, as if male presence may be optional or unnecessary in this particular future.
The New Architecture samples a decade of Young’s practice, offering a meditation on power—judicial, corporate—and artistic ideas of performance, space, and the sublime.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.