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Projects | Perspectives | Directions

Projects | Perspectives | Directions

Projects | Perspectives | Directions

Projects | Perspectives | Directions

Projects | Perspectives | Directions

Projects | Perspectives | Directions

Projects | Perspectives | Directions

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John Bankston
The Fabulists Garden #2, 2004
Watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil on paper, 29 x 41 inches
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Washington and a gift from E.T. and Audlyn Higgins Williams
 

Nina Chanel Abney
First & Last, 2012
Gouache on paper
Courtesy the artist
Photo: Marc Bernier

Nayland Blake
Bunny Group, The Grind, 1996-97
Graphite and colored pencil on paper
Seven sheets, each: 12 x 9 inches
Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

 

Jennie C. Jones
Song Containers, 2011
Hand brushed aluminum to scale
Two LP record sleeves; two cassette liner notes; two 45 LP sleeves; two 8-track sleeves
Courtesy the artist
 

Lorraine O’Grady
Sisters I (from Miscegenated Family Album), 1994
Cibachrome diptych, 20 x 16 each
Gift of the Peg Alston Collection  10.19a 
 

John Outterbridge
Untitled (installation view), 2012
Photo: Adam Reich

Jacolby Satterwhite
Country Ball 1989—2012 (still), 2012
HD digital video and 3-D animation
Courtesy the artist
 

Projects | Perspectives | Directions

John Bankston
The Fabulists Garden #2, 2004
Watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil on paper, 29 x 41 inches
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Washington and a gift from E.T. and Audlyn Higgins Williams
 

Projects | Perspectives | Directions

Nina Chanel Abney
First & Last, 2012
Gouache on paper
Courtesy the artist
Photo: Marc Bernier

Projects | Perspectives | Directions

Nayland Blake
Bunny Group, The Grind, 1996-97
Graphite and colored pencil on paper
Seven sheets, each: 12 x 9 inches
Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

 

Projects | Perspectives | Directions

Jennie C. Jones
Song Containers, 2011
Hand brushed aluminum to scale
Two LP record sleeves; two cassette liner notes; two 45 LP sleeves; two 8-track sleeves
Courtesy the artist
 

Projects | Perspectives | Directions

Lorraine O’Grady
Sisters I (from Miscegenated Family Album), 1994
Cibachrome diptych, 20 x 16 each
Gift of the Peg Alston Collection  10.19a 
 

Projects | Perspectives | Directions

John Outterbridge
Untitled (installation view), 2012
Photo: Adam Reich

Projects | Perspectives | Directions

Jacolby Satterwhite
Country Ball 1989—2012 (still), 2012
HD digital video and 3-D animation
Courtesy the artist
 

Mar 29May 27, 2012

Organized as a group of autonomous installations, Shift presents work in thematic groupings, series of works by individual artists and focused looks at single works of art. Drawn from the Studio Museum’s permanent collection as well as special loans, the exhibition provides contemporary reflections on ongoing artistic ideas, themes and visions related to our mission.

Shift includes focused presentations of work by Nayland Blake, Jennie C. Jones, Lorraine O’Grady, John Outterbridge and Jacolby Satterwhite, as well as a new iteration of The Bearden Project and Highlights from the Permanent Collection. Though each presentation in Shift is distinct, together they compose an exhibition that explores movement, time and medium:

Nayland Blake: The Grind depicts variations—alternately cartoonish, childlike, violent and mischievous—on the familiar image of the bunny rabbit to inspire dialogue around loaded topics such as sexuality and race.

Objects features recent work by Jennie C. Jones, who draws on the history of Minimalism and avant-garde post-war Black music, transforming the material culture of musical production into quietly poetic art objects.

Sisters presents a selection of diptychs, recently acquired by the Museum, from Lorraine O’Grady’s 1994 photo-installation Miscegenated Family Album.

The Rag Factory brings to the Museum a new version of John Outterbridge’s installation first seen at LAXART as part of the city-wide initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980.

Country Ball 1989–2012 by Jacolby Satterwhite is a multimedia project that uses drawing, dance and 3D animation software to re-envision notions of Black motherhood, queer aesthetics and representations of mental illness.

The Bearden Project offers a new iteration of an initiative in which artists were asked to create a work of art inspired by Romare Bearden’s life and legacy. Twenty-six contemporary artists join the forty-seven whose artworks composed the project’s first phase in the Fall/Winter 2011–12 season. (See more about this project at thebeardenproject.studiomuseum.org)

Highlights from the Permanent Collection brings attention to both recent acquisitions and historic landmarks of the permanent collection that support the Museum’s founding mission to preserve, present and interpret works of art by African-American artists and artists of African descent.

Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions was organized by the curatorial team of Lauren Haynes, Assistant Curator; Naima J. Keith, Assistant Curator and Thomas J. Lax, Exhibition Coordinator and Program Associate.