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Presented by The Helis Foundation

February 22 – July 15, 2018
Kevin Beasley, Bronx Fitted (detail), 2015. New Era® fitted Yankees caps, bandanas, resin, television mount, 70 x 16 inches (177.8 x 40.6 cm). © Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. Photo by Jean Vong.

A Lineage of Visionary Black Artists

Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection offers a new perspective on the critical contribution that artists of African descent have made to the evolution of abstract art from 1940s to the present. The exhibition brings together a lineage of visionary black artists, beginning in the mid-20th century with Abstract Expressionist Norman Lewis. The exhibition traces a line to some of today’s most celebrated artists, including Kevin Beasley, Mark Bradford, Leonardo Drew, Sam Gilliam, Norman Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Shinique Smith, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and many more.

Solidary & Solitary draws on the Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection, which started in 1999 with a focus on abstract work by post-war and contemporary African-American artists, from 1945 to the present. In recent years, the collection’s focus has expanded to include artists from Africa and the global African diaspora.

Grand Scale, Bright Colors, Unexpected Materials

Mark Bradford, A Private Stranger Thinking about His Needs, 2016. Mixed media, dimensions variable. The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection. Photo by J Caldwell.
Mark Bradford, A Private Stranger Thinking about His Needs, 2016. Mixed media, dimensions variable. The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection. Photo by J Caldwell.

“This bold and colorful exhibition is filled with beauty and layers of meaning,” said Marshall N. Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum, who serves as coordinating curator of the exhibition. “This is abstract art at its best—and a rare chance to see these works all together. Visitors will be thrilled with the grand scale, bright colors, unexpected textures and dynamic materials.”

In Solidary and Solitary, visitors will discover a wide range of materials and textures, Price said. For example, Kevin Beasley laboriously flattened New Era®  fitted Yankees caps and bandanas into the bright petals of a giant flower, veiling his hip-hop fashion references. Shinique Smith juxtaposed geometry and calligraphy in her collage of fabric and acrylic paint, called “No Key, No Question.” Leonardo Drew built an 8-foot-tall abstract relief sculpture, “Number 52S,” with intricate layer upon layer of wood pieces.

A monumental sculpture from the exhibition has transformed the Nasher Museum’s Great Hall: a 25-foot-tall work made of paper and other materials by Mark Bradford.

Installing Bradford's A Private Stranger Thinking about His Needs

This video documents the installation of a 25-foot sculpture by Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford. The work is on view as part of Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection.

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Only by understanding these histories—histories by black artists as much as about black artists—can we move forward towards a different and collectively imagined future.

Exhibition co-curator Katy Siegel, Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University
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Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner / Giuffrida Collection

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Traveling Around the Country

Solidary & Solitary opened at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans in September 2017. From the Nasher Museum, the exhibition will travel to the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame; the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

The exhibition is co-curated by Christopher Bedford, Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and Katy Siegel, senior programming and research curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Thaw Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University.

Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection is presented by The Helis Foundation and organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and The Baltimore Museum of Art.

Contributing sponsorship is provided by The Lambent Foundation and The Holt Family Foundation.

At the Nasher Museum, this exhibition is made possible by the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions; Ann Chanler and Andrew Scheman; Katie Thorpe Kerr and Terrance I. R. Kerr; Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan and Jonathan Pruzan; and Gail Belvett.

Support

Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection is presented by The Helis Foundation and organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and The Baltimore Museum of Art. Contributing sponsorship is provided by The Lambent Foundation and The Holt Family Foundation.

At the Nasher Museum, this exhibition is made possible by the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions; Ann Chanler and Andrew Scheman; Katie Thorpe Kerr and Terrance I. R. Kerr; Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan and Jonathan Pruzan; and Gail Belvett.

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