Jaimie Warren’s THE MIRACLE at Pioneer Works is the artist’s first institutional solo show in New York, it features daily activations and culminates in an over-the-top musical production titled THE MIRACLE, THE MUSICAL on April 4th and 11th.
THE MIRACLE is a DIY, oversized supernatural set for performance made up of animatronics, costumes, and special effects. Acting as artistic director, Warren has brought together characters and ideas from collaborators of all ages during months of extensive workshops leading up to THE MIRACLE, THE MUSICAL. The workshops were held with artist peers and Red Hook-based organizations. Throwing her various participants’ ideas into the mix, Warren has decentered her own authorship with the personal, pop cultural inventories of others. The exhibition’s title alludes to the miracle of collective art making while also nodding to Queen’s singular frontman Freddie Mercury, a recurring character in Warren’s practice.
THE MIRACLE alludes to the power of cinema and pop culture to render, larger than life, the fears and insecurities of childhood. It highlights the capacity of popular entertainment to bring people together around shared cultural touchstones, producing a show defined by both strangeness and joy.