Jessica Diamond’s work is currently on view in “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star,” but Diamond first exhibited at the New Museum when her drawings from the “Helpless Peabrain” series were shown in the Museum’s New Work Gallery in 1986.
Image: Jessica Diamond, Jimmy Swaggart, 1984–86. Installation view: “Helpless Peabrain,” 1986. Photo: New Museum, New York
In the brochure for the exhibition, New Museum Curator Brian Wallis describes Diamond’s drawings as “humorous in that they distill, in a haiku-like way, the dum-dum tautologies of the American media. Often simply a word or a name collaged across a fragile rice-paper surface, these drawings point to the ludicrous level of acceptance we all endure.”
View more images of Diamond’s work on our Digital Archive.
Image: Jessica Diamond, Is God Punishing Us? Installation view: “Helpless Peabrain,” 1986. Photo: New Museum, New York