Freestyle by Thelma GoldenExhibit catalog to accompany a 2001 art exhibit at the Studio Museum in Harlem. 90 pages of full color reproductions of the art featured in this unique exhibit. Significant works by African American artists.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power by Mark GodfreyIn the period of radical change that was 1963-1983, young black artists at the beginning of their careers in the USA confronted key questions and pressures. How could they make art that would stand as innovative, original, formally and materially complex, while also making work that reflected their concerns and experience as black Americans? T
Blackness in Abstraction by Adrienne EdwardsBlackness in Abstraction, an exhibition curated by Adrienne Edwards tracing the persistent presence of the color black in art, with a particular emphasis on monochromes, from the 1940s to today. Featuring works by an international and intergenerational group of artists, the exhibition explores blackness as a highly evocative and animating force in various approaches to abstract art.
Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art by Thelma Golden; Elizabeth Alexander (Contribution by)Black Male is the catalog for what was a major and somewhat controversial exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In her introductory essay, curator Golden explains that she used "five historic signposts" to guide her study of the evolution of images of African American men in the years following the civil rights movement. The first was the aggressive and rampantly sexual look of the black power era, followed by blaxploitation films, the tragic "endangered" status of black men in America, the rise of rap and hip-hop, and the "video-imaging" of such high-profile tragedies as the Rodney King incident, the Clarence Thomas hearings, Magic Johnson's AIDS confession, and O. J. Simpson's arrest and indictment.
Call Number: NX652 .A37 G65 1994
Publication Date: 1994-11-01
In Extremis: Death and Life in Twenty-First-Century Haitian Art by Donald J. Cosentino (Editor)Focusing on artistic evocations of the irrepressible Gedes-an increasingly dominant family of trickster deities-In Extremis examines the striking disjunction between social collapse and artistic flourescence in twenty-first century Haiti. It brings together the work of 34 artists, most of them living in Port-au-Prince, where they produce remarkable and controversial bodies of work in a variety of media while confronting on a daily basis the realities of Haiti's frustratingly slow recovery.
Exhibition catalog and reading list. The Kitchen presents a special program with The Racial Imaginary Institute about research on whiteness, what Claudia Rankine and Beth Loffreda have described as "a source of unquestioned power that, as a 'bloc,' feels itself to be endangered even as it retains its hold on power."
Travel and See: Black Diaspora Art Practices Since the 1980s by Kobena MercerMercer presents a diasporic model of criticism that gives close attention to aesthetic strategies while tracing the shifting political and cultural contexts in which black visual art circulates. In eighteen essays, which cover the period from 1992 to 2012 and discuss such leading artists as Isaac Julien, Renée Green, Kerry James Marshall, and Yinka Shonibare, Mercer provides a counternarrative of global contemporary art.
Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance by Uri McMillanMcMillan contends that black women artists practiced a purposeful self- objectification, transforming themselves into art objects. In doing so, these artists raised new ways to ponder the intersections of art, performance, and black female embodiment. McMillan reframes the concept of the avatar in the service of black performance art, describing black women performers'skillful manipulation of synthetic selves and adroit projection of their performances into other representational mediums.
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How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness by Darby EnglishWork by black artists today is almost uniformly understood in terms of its "blackness," with audiences often expecting or requiring it to "represent" the race. In How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness, Darby English shows how severely such expectations limit the scope of our knowledge about this work and how different it looks when approached on its own terms.
A Taste for Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire by Hiram PérezIn A Taste for Brown Bodies, Hiram Pérez traces the development of gay modernity and its continued romanticization of the brown body. Focusing in particular on three figures with elusive queer histories—the sailor, the soldier, and the cowboy— Pérez unpacks how each has been memorialized and desired for their heroic masculinity while at the same time functioning as agents for the expansion of the US borders and neocolonial zones of influence.
Beautiful/Ugly: African and Diaspora Aesthetics by Sarah Nuttall (Editor)In Cameroon, a monumental “statue of liberty” is made from scrap metal. In Congo, a thriving popular music incorporates piercing screams and carnal dances. When these and other instantiations of the aesthetics of Africa and its diasporas are taken into account, how are ideas of beauty reconfigured? Together the essays suggest that beauty is in some sense future-oriented and that taking beauty in Africa and its diasporas seriously is a way of rekindling hope.
Jennifer Packer: Tenderheaded by Jennifer Packer; Solveig Øvstebo (Editor)For her first solo institutional exhibition, New York-based artist Jennifer Packer presents new and recent paintings. Tenderheaded brings together multiple strands in the artist’s practice, ranging from portraiture to funerary bouquets. Based in observation, improvisation, and memory, Packer’s canvases are intimate and contemplative, rendered in loose strokes and strong color. Like the exhibition title, the juxtaposition of these various modes of representation and production point to possibilities both bodily and emotional, fragile and strong.
Bill Traylor: High Singing BlueCatalog of an exhibition held Jan. 18-Mar, 1997 at Hirschl & Adler Modern in New York and May 30-July 5, 1997 at Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago.
Call Number: ND237 .T617 A4 1997
Publication Date: 1997
Nina Chanel Abney, 1982-
Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush by Marshall N. PriceNina Chanel Abney's portrait of a society in the media age / Marshall N. Price -- Saying so / Nina Chanel Abney and Jamillah James -- Social insurrection and racial justice in the twilight of the Obama era / Natalie Y. Moore.
Ellen Gallagher: Accidental Records by Ellen Gallagher (Contribution by); Adrienne Edwards (Text by)Accidental Records includes new paintings and drawings that continue the artist's exploration of the complex histories of the Black Atlantic and the afterlives of the Middle Passage. Widely associated with a resurgence in this diasporic critical space, Gallagher has developed her own genre of history painting which makes us question our geographies. The slowly layered surfaces of her work becomes a kind of reckoning, the way sailors mark their locations at sea, determined to return.
Wangechi Mutu: a Fantastic Journey by Trevor SchoonmakerThis full-color catalog accompanies the first major solo museum exhibition and most comprehensive survey of the artist Wangechi Mutu's work, on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from March 21, 2013, through July 21, 2013, before traveling to the Brooklyn Museum. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1972, and now based in Brooklyn, Mutu renders the complex global sensibility of the early twenty-first century through a distinctly hybrid aesthetic.
Alma Thomas by Ian Berry; Lauren HaynesThis exhibition features works from every period in Thomas's career, including rarely exhibited watercolors and early abstractions, as well as her signature canvases drawn from a variety of private and public collections.
Bob Thompson by Thelma GoldenBob Thompson (1937-1966) found his voice in the novel hybrid forms that emerged from postwar American culture: Abstract Expressionism and abstract figuration, and jazz and rhythm and blues. This catalogue, the first comprehensive book on Thompson's work, accompanies a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and provides an opportunity to celebrate the brief but intense career of an artist who managed to create over a thousand works in the short span of seven years.
Call Number: ND237.T5519 A4 1998
Publication Date: 1998-11-02
Norman Lewis, 1909-1979
From the Margins: Lee Krasner, Norman Lewis, 1945-1952 by Norman L. KleeblattNorman Lewis' parents were immigrants from Bermuda. His family lived on Lenox Avenue in Harlem. He studied drawing and commercial design in high school before joining the merchant marine and sailing throughout the Caribbean and South America. In the early 1930s Lewis worked with Augusta Savage, the founder and director of the Savage Studio of Arts and Crafts in Harlem.
Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series by Leah DickermanIn 1941, Jacob Lawrence, then just 23 years old, completed a series of 60 small tempera paintings with text captions about the Great Migration, the mass movement of black Americans from the rural South to the urban North that began in 1915-16. Within months of its making, the Migration Series was divided between The Museum of Modern Art (even-numbered panels) and the Phillips Memorial Gallery (odd-numbered panels). In 2015 and 2016, the panels were reunited in exhibitions.
Robert Colescott: Recent PaintingsThis exhibition was organized to represent the United States at the 47th Venice Biennale ; shown at the U.S. Pavilion in Venice from June 15 to November 9, 1997.
Call Number: ND237.C6915 A4 1997
Publication Date: 1997
Sister Gertrude Morgan, 1900-1980
Black Folk Art in America, 1930-1980 by Jane Livingston; John Beardsley; Regenia Perry (Introduction by)What it is / Jane Livingston -- Black American folk art : origins and early manifestations / Regenia A. Perry -- Spiritual epics : the voyage and the vision in black folk art / John Beardsley -- The artists. Jesse Aaron ; Steve Ashby ; David Butler ; Ulysses Davis ; William Dawson ; Sam Doyle ; William Edmondson ; James Hampton ; Sister Gertrude Morgan ; Inez Nathaniel-Walker ; Leslie Payne ; Elijah Pierce ; Nellie Mae Rowe ; James "Son Ford" Thomas ; Mose Tolliver ; Bill Traylor ; George White ; George Williams ; Luster Willis ; Joseph Yoakum.
Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit by Anna MarleyA complex overview of the life and career of the pioneering African American artist Henry O. Tanner (1859–1937). Recognized as the patriarch of African American artists, Tanner forged a path to international success, powerfully influencing younger black artists who came after him.
Call Number: N6537.T35 A4 2012
Publication Date: 2012-02-01
Kerry James Marshall, 1955-
Kerry James Marshall: Look, See by Robert Storr; Hamza Walker; Angela ChoonWith a career spanning almost three decades, Kerry James Marshall is well known for his complex and multilayered portrayals of youths, interiors, nudes, housing estate gardens, land- and seascapes, all of which synthesize different traditions and genres while seeking to counter stereotypical representations of black people in society.