I Dare Not Appear: Christopher Myers

8 – 23 October 2021

New York-based gallery James Cohan will present ‘I Dare Not Appear,’ a solo exhibition of new work by Christopher Myers. 

‘I Dare Not Appear’ brings together new applique textile works with a collection of historical letters written by Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a young Egbado girl bequeathed to Captain Frederick E. Forbes of the Royal Navy in 1850. Raised at the interstices of global imaginaries of race, class, and colonialism, Forbes Bonetta’s life serves as apt illustration of the conceptual knots of Victorian England: an era characterised by a mindset that could simultaneously trample the world in colonial endeavor and see itself as civilising souls like Sarah Forbes Bonetta. Seven of Forbes Bonetta’s letters from the collection of the artist’s family will be exhibited for the first time, offering an intimate counterpoint to the large-scale tapestries created by Myers.

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Hand-written letter by Sarah Forbes Bonetta, dated 5/16/1861 or 16th June, 1861  Myers Family Collection    Courtesy the artist and James Cohan.
Hand-written letter by Sarah Forbes Bonetta, dated 16 May 1861 or 16 June 1861. Myers Family Collection. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan

 

CHRISTOPHER MYERS  Hiding Under Petticoats, 2018  Appliqué fabric  72 x 48 in.  182.9 x 121.9 cm    Courtesy the artist and James Cohan.
Christopher Myers, Hiding Under Petticoats, 2018. Appliqué fabric, 72 x 48 in. / 182.9 x 121.9 cm. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan

 

CHRISTOPHER MYERS  Funnyhouse Of A Negro, 2018 (detail)  Appliqué fabric  84 x 144 in.  213.4 x 365.8 cm    Courtesy the artist and James Cohan.
Christopher Myers, Funnyhouse Of A Negro (detail), 2018. Appliqué fabric, 84 x 144 in. / 213.4 x 365.8 cm. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan