Delphine Diallo, Monica, courtesy the artist
The Black Portrait: An exhibition curated by Natasha L. Logan and Hank Willis Thomas
The word black has several meanings in our society. It may reference individuals or groups with dark skin; a complete absence of light; the opposite of white; or the embodiment of a negative or pessimistic disposition. A portrait is understood to represent a person or thing, usually in the …form of a drawing, painting, photograph, engraving, or text. When these terms are linked, a sense of alchemical potency is suggested. This exhibition brings together paintings, photographs, videos, collage and sculpture by ten artists contending with what it means to make a black portrait. It aims to use this linkage to expand dialogue about identity, difference, and belonging in contemporary culture.
The exhibition will feature artists Christine Wong Yap, Coby Kennedy, Aperture Portfolio Prize Runner Up Delphine Diallo, Duron Jackson, Felandus Thames, Kajahl Benes, Kambui Olujimi, Keisha Scarville, Shane Aslan Selzer, and Toyin Odutola.
Hank Willis Thomas among others will participate in the two day-conference Beauty and Fashion: The Black Portrait Symposium at the department of Photography & Imaging Tisch School of the Arts at NYU on April 2-3.
March 31, 6:00-8:00 pm
Exhibition on view:
March 31 – May 21, 2011
Rush Arts Gallery
526 W 26th Street, Suite 311
New York, New York
Image courtesy Ruben Natal San-Miguel
First Class/Second Class: An exhibition curated by Asya Geisberg and Leah Oates
This exhibition features work that investigates various aspects of class structure via either a personal narrative or an outsider’s perspective. The artists come from a range of backgrounds and cultures, and do not necessarily foreground the theme of class in their work. They include Chris Verene, Rebecca Morgan, Miles Ladin, Devin Troy Strother, Ruben Natal San-Miguel, Holly Jarrett, Conor McGrady, and Brian Shumway. This exhibition extracts class as a necessary and frequently overlooked prism through which we can interpret their work. First Class/Second Class posits that class is omnipresent as an identity marker, and frequently undermines race, gender, and nationality, while simultaneously being dependent on individual circumstances.
March 31, 6:00-8:00 pm
Exhibition on View:
March 31 – May 7, 2011
Asya Geisberg Gallery
537B West 23rd Street