Tuesday, April 11, 2017
6 PM Informal chat with gallery guides before the artist talk
7 PM Meet the Chicago-born artist whose first solo museum show is on view at the Nasher Museum through July 16.
The exhibition, Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush is a 10-year survey of approximately 30 of the artist’s paintings, watercolors and collages. Abney emerged in 2008 when her work was included in the notable exhibition 30 Americans, organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. As one of the youngest among a distinguished group of intergenerational African American artists, she immediately became part of an important artistic lineage. Her large-scale paintings in that exhibition included Class of 2007, depicting her white MFA class as African American inmates conspicuously wearing orange jumpsuits. It was a commentary on incarceration, race and inherent inequities in higher education and signaled the artist’s immediate willingness to confront difficult issues. Abney continues to mine aspects of American culture to create compelling, narrative tableaux reminiscent of grand manner history painting.
Below Abney discusses a previous 2015 exhibition, Always a Winner.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
5:30 PM Cash bar
6 PM Gallery Talk – Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush
7 PM Durham artist Keith Knight is a rapper, social activist, father and educator. For nearly two decades, audiences have read his musings on race in three original comic strips: the Knight Life, (th)ink and the K Chronicles. The NAACP recognized him as a 2015 History Maker. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Ebony, ESPN magazine and MAD Magazine, among other publications. This program complements Nina Chanel Abney.