Hugh Hayden: Boogey Men
November 30, 2021 - April 17, 2022
ICA Miami:
61 NE 41st St,
Miami, FL 33137

Featuring a series of new works that contend with personal and recent political themes, “Boogey Men” sees the ascendant artist look both internally and externally. For the titular work, Hayden creates a dramatic cul de sac using a white carpet that will eventually get dirtier as more viewers pass by. At the center is a monumental work in stainless steel depicting a police car draped in white—an ambiguous form that evokes both a childlike ghostly presence and the ominous silhouette of a hooded Klansman. Elsewhere, a skeletal figure made of bald cypress branches sourced from his mother’s home state of Louisiana recalls a family tree, while a cacophony of copper-plated pots and pans anthropomorphized with African masks—as well as Hayden’s own mouth and ears—hangs from the ceiling, evoking the origins of American cuisine and music. 

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