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Opening Reception: Black in the Abstract, Part 2: Hard Edges/Soft Curves

Saturday, January 25 | 6:30-8:30PM

Join us for the opening reception of Black in the Abstract, Part 2: Hard Edges/Soft Curves, part of the six-series exhibition Outside the Lines. Senior Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver will lead a gallery walk-through at 6:30PM. Koagie Hots food truck will be onsite serving treats and refreshments and there will be a cash bar. 

Conceived as the companion to Black in the Abstract, Part 1: Epistrophy, which explored the fragmentation of the figurative as well as the loose and expansive nature of abstraction, this section chronicles the history of black artists whose work relies on the drama of restraint.  Drawing upon the historical framework of minimalist impulses in painting, this exhibition investigates the interwoven histories of black artists working within the monochromatic and geometric or “hard edge” impulses from the 1960s to the present.


images + video

Jack Whitten, "Single Loop: For Toots," 2012. Jennie C. Jones, "Left Resonance with Bass Note," 2013. Rashid Johnson, "Cosmic Slop," 2008.

Despite their virtual invisibility in the field of abstraction, black artists have engaged in this tradition for over six decades. Their adherence to the genre despite their lack of acknowledgment has empowered these artists to reach beyond the conventional and conceptually expand the discourse of their engagement with this genre. In bringing together three generations of artists in dialogue with one another, the exhibition highlights the trajectory of thi