Abstract painting

Exuberance: Dialogues in African-American Abstract Painting


Exhibition Celebrates Vibrant Legacy of Abstraction in African-American Painting

The works presented collected in several galleries cover 70 years

EXUBERANCE: Dialogues in African American Abstract Painting
Exhibition dates: Oct. 26–Dec. ten
Opening: Tuesday, October 26, 5-7 p.m. (opening speech at 5 p.m.)
Public program:

  • Wednesday, November 10, 5 p.m., History and Politics of African-American Painting: In-Person Conversation with Dr. Jordana Saggese, Duke Gallery Court
  • Tuesday, November 16, 5 p.m., Artist Talk with Lisa Corinne Davis, online

The next exhibition at the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art, Exuberance: Dialogues in African-American Abstract Painting, celebrates African American painters and challenges common mindsets about abstract art and who does it. Abstract paintings by African American artists have often been overlooked and omitted from the history of art presented by white scholars and white-dominated art institutions, but their works have made powerful contributions to the field of painting. This focused presentation of paintings will showcase a range of works from the 1950s to the present, forging intergenerational dialogues about racial identity, the dynamics of color and pattern, and rhythm, movement, and breath. This exhibition is sponsored by F&M Bank.

Featured artists include Charles Burwell, Nanette Carter, Lisa Corinne Davis, Lamerol Gatewood, Rico Gatson, Felrath Hines, Norman Lewis, Erika Ranee, Ronald Walton, Benjamin Wigfall and Susan Zurbrigg. The exhibition’s lenders include the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Ackland Museum of Art at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Berry Campbell Gallery, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Jenkins Johnson Gallery New York and San Francisco , the Miles McEnery Gallery and the Walton Gallery. .

Public programming will include a discussion Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. on the history and politics of African-American painting led by Dr. Jordana Saggese, associate professor at the University of Maryland and award-winning author of Read Basquiat: Exploring Ambivalence in American Art. Contributing artist Lisa Corinne Davis will offer an online artist talk on November 16 at 5 p.m. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with scientific essays and a selective bibliography.

Exuberance is co-hosted by Susan Zurbrigg and Dr. Beth Hinderliter. Zurbrigg is a nationally exhibited artist, educator and activist. She is the assistant dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at JMU and an art professor. Hinderliter is director of the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art and associate professor of art history. His book, More Than Our Pain: Affect and Emotion in the Age of Black Lives Matterwas published by SUNY Press in 2021.


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