This permanent collection show of more than 80 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper will address a variety of characteristics that contribute to one’s sense of self, including civic, cultural, artistic, religious, professional, and sociopolitical identities, sense of place and personal space, and non-conformity. Portraits range from Charles Wilson Peale’s Portrait of George Washington (1783) to John Singer Sargent’s Ernest-Ange Duez (1884), Alice Neel’s Isabel Bishop (1974) and Catherine Opie’s Jo (1993) and this exhibition goes far beyond portraits to explore other aspects of sense of self. Works addressing the impact of geography upon identity include those of Matthew Jensen, Abelardo Morrell, and Dennis Oppenheim, while defining moments of social activism appear in works by Juan Sanchez, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Jack Whitten, and Mel Edwards. The exhibition is curated by Gail Stavitsky, MAM chief curator.
Nari Ward is known for transforming everyday objects, often gathered from the environment around his studio, to produce his site-specific installations. Ward’s selection of objects or materials—baby strollers, fire hoses, baseball bats, cooking trays, bottles, and shopping carts—is rooted in their connections to individual lives and shared stories. “I am excited about an object’s transformation,” says Ward. “What it means, its historical resonance in a contemporary art dialogue, its significance within the community . . . it is a type of alchemy.”
This panel discussion takes its cues from Ward’s use of found objects, as seen in his New Museum survey “We the People.” Featuring an intergenerational group of artists, including Willie Cole, Abigail DeVille, and Shinique Smith, the conversation will touch on the uses of found and repurposed objects, clothing, sound, photography, and other materials. Together with moderator Andrianna Campbell, the artists will consider how these materials speak to themes of culture, identity, and history within African-American contemporary art.
Alexander and Bonin is pleased to announceBella Figura, an exhibition of new work by Willie Cole. Cole’s assemblages of found objects, such as irons, bicycles, water bottles, andwomen’s shoes, offer a multivalent commentary on gender, consumerism, sexuality and African-American identity.
Reception: Friday, May 3rd, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Willie Cole’s Beauties are haunting full-scale prints made from crushed and hammered ironing boards, each named after a woman from the artist’s cultural and ancestral history. Cole has used irons and ironing as central motifs in his work for 30 years, evoking everything from African masks to slave ship diagrams to the routines of domestic servitude. In this special installation, the gallery will be lined wall to wall with the Beauties. Standing silently—like sentinels, tombstones, shrouds, or windows—the prints will open a space for confronting anew the whole range of often contradictory energies running through them: resistance and oppression, beauty and violence, labor and forebearance.
Exhibition organized by Jennifer L. Roberts, Johnson-Kulukundis Family Faculty Director of the Arts, Radcliffe Institute, and Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, with Meg Rotzel, arts program manager at Radcliffe.
AKAA wishes to emphasize the diversity of Africa’s spiritual, cultural, commercial and ideological links to other regions of the world, and examine their impact on contemporary art. To highlight the importance of the art scene from Africa in the world, we will consider the cross-influences between the African continent and other regions of the Global South. In keeping with this approach, we encourage participating galleries to play with these openings and submit proposals that reflect the artistic dialogue from one continent to another. Stay tuned and see you at the Carreau du Temple from November 9th to 11th!
50 Golborne is delighted to present Out of the Whirlwind’s Radiance, a group exhibition featuring artists Willie Cole (b. Somerville, NJ, USA, 1955), Emo de Medeiros (b. Cotonou, Benin, 1979), Fatoumata Diabate (b. Bamako, Mali, 1980), Jakob Dwight (b. Mobile, Alabama, USA, 1977), Phyllis Galembo (b. New York, USA, 1952) and Leah Gordon (b. Ellesmere Port, UK, 1959), who explore in their work the notions of carnival and masquerade in Africa and its diaspora.
Sculptor, printer, and Conceptual artist Willie Cole is inspired by everyday objects as well as African and African American imagery. He has employed the steam iron in his work for three decades, using heat as a kind of ink and an iron as a stamping device to create elaborate compositions out of repeated printed forms. In celebration of the exhibition Studio Visit: Selected Gifts from Agnes Gund, the artist will join us to talk about his work.
Simultaneous with its participation in Condo New York hosting Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Alexander and Bonin will use its ground floor space to present Gallery Laboratory, which has been conceived of as both an exhibition and as a working environment to consider artworks in new configurations and installations.
The ground floor of the Culture Lab hosts an experimental group show titled “ASSEMBLAGE: An Organically Grown Group Exhibition” that expands with ongoing artist participation over a period of one year. This exhibition was inspired by the perfectly bizarre environment left behind by the former Macy’s department store. Here, the cases, now void of accessories, makeup, apparel, and products become “ready-made” pedestals for art. The memory of what was once a thriving shopping hub is still present in our collective consciousness, but the reality of what is left is a shell, a 21st century ruin, where a cultural endeavor is shaped and nurtured. Culture Lab’s curators will continue to invite new artists each month, weaving a tapestry of visions which will conceptually and aesthetically thrive in this site–specific space by layering their work into the massive room; slowly transforming it into an abundant laboratory of visual art.
Though the incubation period will culminate in December of 2018, the completed experiment will continue to be activated by visitors of the space.
The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection that features over one hundred works from various media highlighting the global migration of peoples across the world.
The exhibiting artists create work that investigates the universal conversation of migration, history, race and representation in art being made today. The exhibition captures the personal stories and collective histories of artists reflected through installations, videos, paintings and sculptures.
Drawn from DeWoody’s significant contemporary African diaspora collection, it features world renowned artists such as Willie Cole, Hank Willis Thomas, Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, Romare Bearden, Kehinde Wiley, Sanford Biggers, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) among others working in a broad reach of media and conceptual approaches.