80 Washington Square East, NYU

Introverse: Allegory Today

December 14, 2022 – February 4, 2023


Opening Wednesday, December 14th 6–8PM

Visitors must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 for entry and are encouraged to wear a mask.
Introverse: Allegory Today intimates the allegorical turn in current artistic practice characterized by the psychological interiorization, libidinal symbolism, and melancholic contemplation of contemporary life. Featuring 12 artists, the exhibition presents diffused figurations and extended metaphors that embody the spiritual and political complexities of our times, traversing individual interiorities to reflect on the immensity of the outer world.

With each work, the surplus of significations, narratives and affects implode to reveal radical uncertainty coupled with the will to persevere. These allegorical modes reference and estrange our current reality, offering forking paths towards negation and becoming.

Extending Walter Benjamin’s view of European Baroque and Benjamin Buchloh’s analysis of post-war collage and appropriation strategies, Introverse takes stock of emergent allegorical procedures that mediate our political and social reality, constituting different ways “to speak publicly with hidden meaning”.

Peggy Chiang
Janiva Ellis
ektor garcia
Michael Joo
Cindy Ji Hye Kim
Guadalupe Maravilla
Libby Rothfeld   
Jacolby Satterwhite
Michael E. Smith
Sable Elyse Smith 
Stewart Uoo

Curated by 80WSE Curator Howie Chen and artist Alex Ito