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Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art

Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art

Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art offers a sweeping new perspective on the contributions black artists have made to the evolution of visual art from the 1940s to the present moment. Artists featured include pioneers of postwar abstraction once overlooked by history, such as Norman Lewis, Alma W. Thomas, and Jack Whitten, as well as artists from a younger generation such as Kevin Beasley, Mark Bradford, Martin Puryear, Lorna Simpson, and many others.

A central theme of the exhibition is the power of abstract art as a political choice as well as a personal statement for generations of black artists. The freedoms of postwar abstraction took on specific urgency as these artists resisted both the imagery of racist mainstream culture and pressures to create prescribed, positive representations of black Americans. The exhibition draws on the Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection’s unparalleled holdings alongside highlights from the BMA’s growing collection of contemporary art and select loans.

Ticketed exhibition. Free admission on October 26-27 and November 23-24 generously sponsored by Bank of America. Free for BMA Members every day.

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Repeats weekly Sunday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and Saturday -- until Sunday January 19, 2020 -- except Thursday November 28, 2019, Wednesday December 25, 2019, Wednesday January 1, 2020.


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