Presence: African American Artists from the Museum’s Collection Temporary Exhibitions Gallery (14)
Presence features abstract and figurative paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by selected contemporary African American artists from the museum’s collection. Prints by Elizabeth Catlett, Martin Puryear, and Alison Saar, explore questions of identity through representation of the figure and portraiture. Romare Bearden, Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, and Faith Ringgold use collage and layering techniques, as well as historical and cultural imagery, to investigate existing narratives, racial stereotypes, and ideas of beauty. Paintings by Sam Gilliam and Gary Simmons take inspiration from Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism in the creation of wholly original works, while Lorna Simpson’s sculpture reflects on the wishbone as a symbol of desire, intimacy, and fragility. These artists contribute significantly to contemporary discourse and play an important role in HoMA’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and the art of our time.Presence coincides with the museum’s presentation of 30 Americans, featuring works across media by some of the most influential and significant African American artists from the past four decades.