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Figuring It Out: The Black Body by Global Black Artists, 2010-2020

Ficre Ghebreyesus, Red Room, c. 2002-07, Acrylic on canvas, 84 × 72in. Courtesy of The Baltimore Museum of Art. Purchased with exchange funds from the Pearlstone Family Fund and partial gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Estate of Ficre Ghebreyesus. Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co.‍

Ficre Ghebreyesus, Red Room, c. 2002-07, Acrylic on canvas, 84 × 72in. Courtesy of The Baltimore Museum of Art. Purchased with exchange funds from the Pearlstone Family Fund and partial gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Estate of Ficre Ghebreyesus. Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co.

During the decade of 2010-2020, the global art world experienced a literal explosion of Black artists from the United States, Africa and the African diaspora working with the Black figure as the focus of their creativity. This lecture will examine how artists have continued the project of representing Black bodies in the global exhibition and market scene, albeit in the context of persistence discourses on imperialism and colonialism, escalating forced migration, state surveillance and violence against black bodies—male, female, gay and transgender—revelations of sexual exploitation and—not incidentally—a global pandemic. The lecture will demonstrate the dizzying variety of technical and stylistic approaches to figuration, which seem at the same time to reveal tentacles that connect these distinct approaches to the figure that speak of lineages that often cross boundaries and cultures. With this arsenal of modernist attitudes, styles and techniques at their disposal, the question is how each artist chooses to adapt them to depict images that can be personally charged, or culturally-responsive.

This is an in-person lecture, which will be recorded and added to our Youtube channel following the event.

Featuring:

Lowery Stokes Sims

Lowery Stokes Sims served on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1972-99), as executive director and president The Studio Museum in Harlem (2000-2007) and retired as Curator Emerita from the Museum of Art and Design (2007-2015).

Lowery Stokes Sims served on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1972-99), as executive director and president The Studio Museum in Harlem (2000-2007) and retired as Curator Emerita from the Museum of Art and Design (2007-2015). Over the last few years, Sims has been an independent curator and consultant for the Caribbean Cultural Center, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Craft Contemporary, Grounds for Sculpture, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Center for Art, Design & Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She was Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (2018-2020) and the 2021-22 Kress-Beinecke Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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League Talk
League Talk

Figuring It Out: The Black Body by Global Black Artists, 2010-2020

Feb 29

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Feb 29, 2024

6:00 pm

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7:00 pm

Feb 29

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Feb 29, 2024

Feb 29

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Feb 29

6:00 pm

Feb 29

6:00 pm

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7:00 pm

Opening Reception
Location
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
215 W 57th Street, 2nd Fl
Opening Reception
Location
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
215 W 57th Street, 2nd Fl
Opening Reception
215 W 57th Street, 2nd Fl
Location
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
215 W 57th Street, 2nd Fl
Opening Reception
215 W 57th Street, 2nd Fl
Location
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
215 W 57th Street, 2nd Fl
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