New York Galleries: What to See Right Now

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn’s “Cheikh Bamba's Tomb” (2014), Touba, Senegal. Laylah Amatullah Barrayn
American Folk Art Museum hosts outsider art; Heidi Jahnke’s offbeat paintings; a group show on contemporary Muslim art; and Jessica Eaton’s mesmerizing photographs. The eight artists in “Beyond Geographies: Contemporary Art and Muslim Experience” at BRIC all live in New York, but their work often refers to histories and traditions forged elsewhere. Laylah Amatullah Barrayn’s beautiful, moody color photographs documents how Sufi Muslims in Senegal are often treated as “Others,” and yet thousands of pilgrims flow through mosques and sites like one devoted to Cheikh Amadou Bamba, founder of the Mouride Sufi sect and the holy city of Touba. Created in partnership with “Muslims in Brooklyn,” an art and history project started in 2017 by the Brooklyn Historical Society. [More]