Simone Leigh’s eponymous show at the Luhring Augustine gallery in New York from September 6 to October 20, 2018 features a sculptural gathering of vessels, which themselves are a mode of black feminist theorizing. Working through the sculptural, this essay uses the materiality of the vessels to illuminate multiple possibilities of thinking with race and aesthetics to remake feminist theory. This turn toward form, assemblage, and sensation, in turn, critiques notions of subjectivity that revolve around desire. Studying these vessels refracts feminist theorizing through multiple lenses of black feminism, bringing us toward a new story—a myth of feminist theory.

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