Artist David Hammons’s African-American flag is flying atop a renovated schoolhouse in Kinderhook, N.Y. a small town of 8,500 that’s about two and a half hours north of New York City. The space was redone by the Jack Shainman Gallery and the current exhibits are a sort of celebration of the region’s unique and ethnically diverse history, starting with the Mohican Indians who lived in the region in the 17th century.
There were also smaller installations featuring other Jack Shainman Gallery artists in two small galleries, including works by Michael Snow, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Richard Mosse.
Hammons’s African-American flag was created in 1990, the year in which David Dinkins was elected the first black mayor of New York City and America was deep into its decades’ long culture wars. The flag is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.