Joseph Elmer Yoakum, St Louis & Sanfrancisco Rail Road between Thayer Missouri & Jonesboro Arkansas (n.d.) Courtesy of Venus Over Manhattan.
Joseph Elmer Yoakum, Mound Valley, Kansas, n.d. Courtesy of Venus Over Manhattan.
Editors’ Picks: 19 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week
By Sarah Cascone
Thursday, June 20–Monday, July 29
8. “Joseph Elmer Yoakum” at Venus Over Manhattan
Joseph Yoakum, a colorful character who claimed to have traveled with the Ringling Brothers’ Circus, had an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1972, just a month before his death. This is his largest solo show in New York since. Yoakum, who claimed African-American and Native-American descent, took up art-marking at the age of 72, creating unique, stylized landscapes said to depict the many places he visited over the course of his life.
Location: Venus Over Manhattan, 980 Madison Avenue
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.