Lorraine O'Grady, Art is...(Framing Cop), 1983/2009, C-print, 16 x 20 inches

David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Face in Dirt), 1991/2018, Pigmented ink print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper, 16 x 20 inches, Edition of 25

Jenny Holzer, Damage is done by the tacit understanding..., 1981, Text: Living (1980-82), Text on cast bronze plate, 6 x 9 1/2 inches

Hannah Wilke, Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), 1984, Chewing gum in Plexiglas box, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 inches

Leilah Babirye, Nankulu we Kibuga (Female Mayor of the City), 2020, Wood, metal, nails, screws, found objects, wax, 59 5/8 x 11 x 12 inches

Hannah Wilke, Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), c. 1984, Chewing gum in Plexiglas box, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 inches

Reverend Joyce McDonald, Our Lives Mattered (Ahmaud), 2020, Air-dry clay, magic marker, white out, Elmer's glue, 11 3/4 x 7 x 2 1/2 inches

Reverend Joyce McDonald, Presenting, c. 2000s, Clay, paint, paper towel, found object, 9 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches

Reverend Joyce McDonald, Our Lives Mattered, (Sandra), 2020, Air-dry clay, magic marker, white out, Elmer's glue, 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 3 inches

Corita Kent, It's Up To You, 1981, Serigraph, 26 x 35 3/4 inches

Otis Houston Jr., The Enemy, 2018, Marker on found painting, 15 x 20 inches

Martha Rosler, Point and Shoot, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2008, Photomontage, 30 x 40 inches

Did I Ever Have a Chance?

​An exhibition organized in collaboration and on view at ​Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles


August 15th—September 19, 2020

Helène Aylon, Leilah Babirye, Jenny Holzer, Otis Houston, Jr., Corita Kent, Clifford Prince King, Reverend Joyce McDonald​, Lorraine O'Grady, Martha Rosler, Hannah Wilke, David Wojnarowicz, and Martin Wong.  


Gordon Robichaux and Marc Selwyn Fine Art are pleased to present Did I Ever Have a Chance?, an exhibition organized in collaboration and on view at Marc Selwyn Fine Art from August 15 through September 19, 2020. The exhibition is viewable by appointment and in an online viewing room.  
 
Included are contemporary and historical works by multigenerational artists who confront and challenge entrenched systemic inequities: racism, misogyny, homophobia, poverty, endless war, and ecological injustice. Using varied strategies rooted in the relationship between personal and social experience: activist, didactic, performative, poetic, declarative—all political—these artists agitate for visibility, agency, justice, and empowerment. 

The title of the exhibition is taken from Martin Wong’s final work, which he created in his hospital bed in the days leading up to his death from complications related to AIDS. In the painting, Wong wrangles with the systems of oppression he faced throughout his life, and responds to his titular question with a transgressive image of Patty Hearst as Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and time, and a fearless fighter and mother-figure of feminine energy, creativity, and fertility. Wong’s painting, like the other works in the exhibition, is a rallying cry and affirmation of resilience, defiance, faith, resistance, and liberation. 


A percentage of the proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to Fair Fight to combat voter suppression, and to Visual AIDS, which supports HIV+ artists and uses art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue. 



Online Viewing Room


Martin Wong, Did I Ever Have A Chance?, 1999, Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 48 inches

Clifford Prince King, Just the Two of Us, 2019, Archival inkjet photo rag baryta, 24 x 36 inches, Edition of 5

Martha Rosler, Cellular, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2004, Photomontage, 20 x 24 inches

Corita Kent, E eye love, 1968, Serigraph, 22 3/4 x 22 3/4 inches

Leilah Babirye, Prince Jjunju, 2020, Glazed ceramic and found object, 24 x 16 x 12 inches

Otis Houston Jr., He Hadn't Did Nothing (with Miles Huston), 2017, Spray paint on canvas with grommets, 37 x 77 3/4 inches

Reverend Joyce McDonald, Mother and Child, Loving Comfort, 2004, Air dry clay, acrylic and paper towel, 7 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 4 inches

Lorraine O'Grady, Art is...(Woman with Girl with Stripes), 1983/2009, C-print, 16 x 20 inches

Reverend Joyce McDonald, Our Lives Mattered (Eric), 2020, Air-dry clay, magic marker, white out, Elmer's glue, 8 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches

Clifford Prince King, MLK, 2019, Archival inkjet print on luster, 16 x 24 inches, Edition of 5

Martha Rosler, Lounging Woman, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2004, Photomontage, 24 x 20 inches

Helène Aylon, Sand Sac Portrait 6, 1981, Silkscreen on canvas, 48 x 51 inches

Did I Ever Have a Chance?, Gordon Robichaux, NY in collaboration with Marc Selwyn Fine Art, presented at Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, Aug 15-Sept 19, 2020

Martin Wong, Sgt. Richard de Clara, NYPD, 1988, Acrylic on canvas Two panels,, 16 x 20 inches, each

Helène Aylon, The Book That Will Not Close, Artist edited copy of the Torah , 8 x 14 x 10 inches

Hannah Wilke, Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), 1984, Chewing gum in Plexiglas box, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 inches

Hannah Wilke, So Help Me Hannah, 1979, Offset lithograph poster, 14 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches

David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Control) from the Ant Series, 1988-89, Gelatin silver print, 39 x 29 1/2 inches, Edition of 5

David Wojnarowicz, What is this little guy's job in the world, 1990, Gelatin silver print, 15 7/8 x 19 7/8 inches, Edition of 2 AP

Helène Aylon, two sacs en route, Water colors - Green Glow, 1990, Photograph and watercolor on paper, 39 x 21 inches, framed

Hannah Wilke, Marxism and Art, 1977, Offset lithograph poster, 11 x 9 inches

Leilah Babirye, Bakalipo (Family of Sisters), 2020, Wood, wax, nails, metal, screws, and found objects, 75 x 16 1/2 x 10 inches

Reverend Joyce McDonald, A Moment of Despair, 2004, Glazed ceramic, acrylic, paper towel, Mod Podge, 6 3/4 x 7 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches

Lorraine O'Grady, Art is...(Girl Pointing), 1983/2009, C-print, 20 x 16 inches

Helène Aylon, The Earth Ambulance, 1982, Inkjet print

Martha Rosler, Invasion, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2008, Photomontage, 30 x 53 3/8 inches

Otis Houston Jr., The Chief, 2018, Marker and tape on found framed print, 28 x 20 inches