Body Language
Jul 18, 2013 - Jan 23, 2014
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  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya
    Studio, July 12 (Vita, Harold, Violet, Virginia, Jack, Patricia and Patti), 2010
    ed. of 3 + 1 AP
    Collection Elizabeth Redleaf, Minneapolis, MN

  • Charles Gaines
    String Theory: Romare Bearden, 2011
    The Studio Museum in Harlem; Gift of the artist 12.7.1

  • Bruce Talamon
    David Hammons, Slausson Studio, 1974
    Courtesy Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA
    Promised Gift of Ruthard C. Murphy

  • Leslie Hewitt
    Riffs on Real Time (1 of 10), 2004
    Gift of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Scarsdale, New York 11.11.2

  • Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival)
    The Temptation of St. Anthony (detail), 1989
    Gift of Jean-Christophe Castelli 03.29.4
    Photo: Marc Bernier

  • Lorna Simpson
    15 Mouths, 2002
    Museum purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition Committee  02.10.9

  • Installation view of Body Language
    Photo: Adam Reich

  • Installation view of Body Language
    Photo: Adam Reich

  • Installation view of Body Language
    Photo: Adam Reich

Body Language explores the body and written or verbal expression. Comprised mostly of works from the Studio Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition shows how artists use language to evoke relationships to bodies, including those of viewers, using the human form to communicate ideas much as words might. Some of the artists investigate the language of nonverbal communication, while others inscribe, paint or gesture onto the page. Other works depict figures to purposefully elicit a “read”—how might audiences interpret a portrait differently than the artist’s (or author’s) intention? Body Language also illustrates the international scope of the Museum’s collection, with work by Deborah Grant, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Valerie Piraino, Malick Sidibé, Tavares Strachan, Barthélémy Toguo, among others.

Body Language is organized by Abbe Schriber, Curatorial Assistant.

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