Outside My Name or Through Other Eyes
Sep
11
to Oct 13

Outside My Name or Through Other Eyes

 

"Outside My Name or Through Other Eyes, weaves the artist’s aesthetic and social interests together with aspects of Pablo Picasso and Aaron Douglas’s visual vocabulary. Villalongo’s paintings, collage works and prints draw upon the distinct illustrative style and political forcefulness employed by Douglas, a celebrated Harlem Renaissance artist. Also evident is the artist’s creative contextualization and reinterpretation of these Modernist Era Masters’ Formalist experiments, their love of African Art and use of black iconography. Villalongo’s art likewise references Picasso’s sexually charged Bather canvases and his once notorious painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, from 1907."

UCONN
School of Fine Arts
Contemporary Art Galleries
830 Bolton Road, Storrs, Connecticut 06269
September 11 - October 13, 2017
Opening Reception: September 11 from 5:30 - 6:30pm

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Near & Dear at EFA
Sep
15
to Oct 28

Near & Dear at EFA

EFA brings together the work of Jennifer Paige Cohen, Anoka Faruqee, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Sheila Pepe, Alison Saar, Rachel Stern, William Villalongo, Brian Zegeer.

Curated by Carrie Moyer

"Near & Dear is an intergenerational exhibition that explores amorous connections artists make with signifying materials and objects. This group of eight artists use objects to deliver embodied meaning, from the haptic to the optical to cerebral. All have an investment in a specific material culture and the product of their research takes the form of discrete artifacts."

 EFA Project Space
323 W. 39th Street, 2nd floor, New York, New York 10018
September 15 - October 28
Opening Reception: September 15 from 6 - 8pm

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Black Pulp! at Wesleyan
Sep
19
to Dec 10

Black Pulp! at Wesleyan

Black Pulp is on a national tour 2016-18 traveling to Yale School of Art, IPCNY, USF Contemporary Art Museum, Wesleyan University, and African American Museum in Philadelphia. Curated by the artists William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson, the exhibition explores the creative and strategic use of printed media such as small run magazines, fiction novels, posters and comic books to challenge racist narratives and change limited notions of Black experience. 

Wesleyan University
The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
45 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
September 19 - December 10, 2017

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Keep on Pushing at Susan Inglett Gallery
Oct
26
to Dec 9

Keep on Pushing at Susan Inglett Gallery

"This new body of work suggests a re-imagining of the black male figure at a time when current events and statistics reflect a social reality of limited expectations, contingency, and disproportionate fear. Within the dark tones of these meditations on physiology, the artist uses metaphors of invisibility, nature, and reformation as necessary conditions of being. Much like fallen autumn leaves, Villalongo’s men navigate their world, subject to an unpredictable wind - piling, spinning, and re-collecting. The work conjures spaces of sensuality, humor, and history. Titled after Curtis Mayfield’s 1970 'Keep on Pushing,' Villalongo’s recent body of work speaks to the inherent human spirit’s will to persevere and to find a way."

Susan Inglett Gallery
522 West 24th St, New York, New York 10011
October 26 - December 9
Opening Reception: October 26 from 6 - 8pm

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Black Pulp! Events: Cotton Comes to Harlem (film screening)
Jul
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Black Pulp! Events: Cotton Comes to Harlem (film screening)

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COTTON COMES TO HARLEM SCREENING // JUNE 22, 6PM BARNESS RECITAL HALL (MUS 107)

This action comedy was directed in 1970 by Ossie Davis based on the eponymous novel by Chester Himes, an American writer noted for his ground breaking crime novels set in Harlem. The film will be preceded by a brief discussion with Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez, Director of the USF Institute on Black Life, and USFCAM curator Noel Smith.

 

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Black Pulp! USFCAM Events: Writers Respond to Black Pulp!
Jul
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Black Pulp! USFCAM Events: Writers Respond to Black Pulp!

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*ART THURSDAY: AN EKPHRASTIC EVENING // JULY 13, 6–8PM - USFCAM

Writers respond to Black Pulp! and Woke! Produced by the USF English Department.

*American Sign Language interpreters will be available at this event

Black Pulp! and Woke! at USFCAM are supported in part by the USF Institute on Black Life. The USF Contemporary Art Museum is recognized by the State of Florida as a major cultural institution and receives funding through the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Board of County Commissioners. The USF Contemporary Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

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Black Pulp!/Woke! Events: Artist Talk & Opening
Jun
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

Black Pulp!/Woke! Events: Artist Talk & Opening

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BLACK PULP! + WOKE! 

*ARTIST TALK // JUNE 2, 6PM - BARNESS RECITAL HALL (MUS 107)

A conversation with artists and curators William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson. Moderated by USFCAM Director Margaret Miller.

OPENING RECEPTION // JUNE 2, 7–9PM - USFCAM

Join us for the opening reception of the exhibitions Black Pulp! and Woke! 

Black Pulp! and Woke! at USFCAM are supported in part by the USF Institute on Black Life. The USF Contemporary Art Museum is recognized by the State of Florida as a major cultural institution and receives funding through the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Board of County Commissioners. 

 

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Black Pulp! & Woke! at USFCAM Lee & Victor Leavengood Gallery
Jun
2
to Jul 22

Black Pulp! & Woke! at USFCAM Lee & Victor Leavengood Gallery

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BLACK PULP!

A century of visualizing Black experience

June 2–July 22, 2017 - USFCAM Lee & Victor Leavengood Gallery

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Black Pulp! examines evolving perspectives of Black identity in American culture and history from 1912 to 2016 through rare historical printed media shown in dialogue with contemporary works of art. The exhibition highlights works by artists, graphic designers, writers, and publishers in formats ranging from little known comic books to covers for historic books and magazines, to etchings, digital prints, drawings, and media-based works by some of today’s leading artists. Historical printed media includes dust jackets by Aaron Douglas and Loïs Mailou Jones, offset lithographs by Charles White, rare Black comics Lobo #1 and All Negro Comics, periodicals Crisis, Fire!! and Opportunity, novels by Chester Himes, album covers by Sun Ra, Donna Summer and more! The exhibition is co-curated by New-York based artists William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson and organized by International Print Center New York. 

CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

POPE.L, KENNY RIVERO, ALEXANDRIA SMITH, FELANDUS THAMES, HANK WILLIS THOMAS, KARA WALKER , FRED WILSON, DERRICK ADAMS, LAYLAH ALI, FIRELEI BÁEZ, NAYLAND BLAKE, ROBERT COLESCOTT, RENEE COX , WILLIAM DOWNS, ELLEN GALLAGHER, TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK, LUCIA HIERRO, YASHUA KLOS, KERRY JAMES MARSHALL, WANGECHI MUTU, LAMAR PETERSON

WOKE!

June 2–July 22, 2017 - USFCAM West Gallery

Woke! brings together recent work by William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson, artists and the curators of Black Pulp!. The term “woke” is contemporary American vernacular terminology for acute awareness, particularly in reference to the socio-political contexts we inhabit. Woke! presents works made over the past two years, a time when the influence of the hyper-visuality of police violence upon Black bodies and the cultural currents of the Black Lives Matter movement informed new narratives in their practice. They traverse the psychic and spiritual landscape of Black erasure through narrative-figural styles; often negotiating high and low forms of image making. Limited notions of the illustrative tradition’s ability to take on grand narrative or serious content is confronted, questioned and overturned by these works. Villalongo and Gibson address perennial change, biology, protest and revolution in highly contrasting ways, opening up pathways to engage the difficult realities of American history and culture. Woke! calls on the viewer to reorient themselves to current cultural inequities and their reverberations on how we imagine ourselves from the inside out. Woke! is organized by USF Contemporary Art Museum.

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Drawing Lines: The Black American Experience (Black Pulp!)
May
13
6:30pm 6:30pm

Drawing Lines: The Black American Experience (Black Pulp!)

In a free, public lecture William Villalongo A'99, assistant professor in the School of Art, and Mark Thomas Gibson A'02 will discuss Black Pulp!, a traveling exhibition they co-curated that examines the evolving perspectives of Black identity in American culture and history from 1912 to 1990 through rare historical printed media and contemporary art. The exhibition includes works by artists, graphic designers, and publishers in formats ranging from little known comic books to covers for historic books and magazines, to etchings, digital prints, drawings, and media-based works by some of today’s leading artists.

This event is part of "Drawing Lines:  The Black American Experience," a three-part series of events at The Cooper Union. The other events include: 

The Honorable John Lewis in the Great Hall (May 11)
The U.S. Representative of the 5th Congressional District of Georgia and a long-standing leader of civil and human rights, will deliver a free, public address that includes his work on a graphic novel series about the Civil Rights movement

Making "(H)afrocentric" (May 12)
Juliana “Jewels” Smith will discuss (H)afrocentric, her comic series featuring four disgruntled undergrads of color and their adventures at Ronald Reagan University

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

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Drawing Lines: The Black American Experience ({H}afrocentric)
May
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

Drawing Lines: The Black American Experience ({H}afrocentric)

In a free, public lecture, Juliana “Jewels” Smith will discuss (H)afrocentric, her comic series featuring four disgruntled undergrads of color and their adventures at Ronald Reagan University.

In 2016, Smith took home the 2016 Glyph Award for Best Writer for her independent four volume series. She was also honored by the African American Library and Museum of Oakland with the first annual Excellence in Comics and Graphic Novels Award. She created (H)afrocentric as a way to challenge students and readers alike about the presumptions around race, class, gender and sexuality through character dialogue. She has given talks about the relationship between comics, humor, racial justice, and gender equity at The Schomburg Center, New York Comic Con, Studio Museum of Harlem and more.

This event is part of "Drawing Lines: The Black American Experience," a three-part series of events at The Cooper Union. The other events include: 

The Honorable John Lewis in the Great Hall (May 11)
The U.S. Representative of the 5th Congressional District of Georgia and a long-standing leader of civil and human rights, will deliver a free, public address

Black Pulp! (May 13)
William Villalongo A'99, assistant professor in the School of Art, and Mark Thomas Gibson A'02 will discuss Black Pulp!, a traveling exhibition they co-curated that examines the evolving perspectives of Black identity in American culture and history from 1912 to 1990 through rare historical printed media and contemporary art

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

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Drawing Lines: The Black American Experience (Con. John Lewis, D-GA)
May
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

Drawing Lines: The Black American Experience (Con. John Lewis, D-GA)

The Honorable John Lewis, U.S. Representative of the 5th Congressional District of Georgia and a long-standing leader of civil and human rights, will discuss the need for civic engagement. Often called "one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced," Congressman Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls "The Beloved Community" in America. Representative Lewis has served as U.S. Representative since he was elected to Congress in November 1986. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

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Black Pulp
Oct
1
to Dec 3

Black Pulp

PRESENTS A CENTURY OF CRITICAL INTERPRETATIONS OF BLACK IDENTITY IN AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH ART AND RARE LITERARY WORKS

Historical Printed Media on Exhibition with Contemporary Works of Art

October 1 – December 3, 2016

Press Event: October 6, 2016, 5 – 6 pm | Opening: October 6, 2016, 6 – 8 pm

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