HOW THE BLACK ABSTRACT EXHIBITION MOVES AMERICA AWAY FROM ANEMIC ART HISTORY: Bridget Cooks
Department: Art HistoryPost Date: October 7, 2019
Editor’s Note: This essay was originally written for a guidebook that accompanies Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art. The book is available for free to all exhibition visitors. You can read more from Bridget R. Cooks in her award-winning book Exhibiting Blackness.
With the occasion of Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art comes the opportunity to consider the state of Black artists’ exhibitions now. This exhibition brings together artworks from the Joyner/Giuffrida Collection and the permanent collection of The Baltimore Museum of Art as a thematic showcase of the best of American abstraction. Combining collections shows the dedication of informed collectors and the commitment of a museum to bring exquisite and relevant art to its constituents. Generations models an exhibition project that fulfills “the exciting potential to offer visitors a look at the diversity and compelling creativity from a range of artists—desirable elements in any innovative group show.”1 This kind of collaboration is critical to a sustainable exhibition program.
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