Published by the Menil Foundation and distributed by the Yale University Press, the catalog NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith accompanied the exhibition with the same name at the Menil and at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center.
“NeoHooDoo”, a term coined in the late 1960s by poet Ishmael Reed, celebrates the rituals, folklore, and spirituality in the Americas beyond the scope of Christianity and other organized religions. The endurance of these centuries-old traditions of magic and healing are the focus of this unique book. Exploring how spirituality influenced artists in the late 20th century and bringing together an intergenerational group of artists from North, Central, and South America, NeoHooDoo reveals the wider implications of ritualized practice in contemporary art.
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