Alex Katz/Moby-Dick

June 25, 2019 - March 1, 2020

The Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz

While he was a student at the Cooper Union, Alex Katz enrolled in a class on illustration. The artist had first read Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby-Dick around the age of 13, and he found himself returning to the text in connection with assignments for this course.

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Etching is a printmaking process rooted in line and tone that allows for seemingly endless variations of these two elements to create a wide range of visual effects and poetic moods. Consisting of works from the Lunder Collection, Intersecting Lines examines three artists—Rembrandt van Rijn, James McNeill Whistler, and Pablo Picasso—who were dedicated to exploring the full creative potential of etching as a form of artistic expression.

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Theaster Gates: Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories

March 12, 2019 - September 8, 2019

William D. Adams Gallery

On view for the first time in the United States, Theaster Gates’s Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories includes nearly 3,000 images from the Johnson Publishing Company archive. Founded in 1942, Chicago-based Johnson Publishing chronicled the lives of Black Americans for more than seven decades through the magazines Ebony and Jet. Gates’s work, composed from arguably the most important archive of American Black visual culture in the twentieth century, recontextualizes and makes visible anew these images and their histories. The presentation of this new body of work is drawn from Gates’s Black Madonna exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel in 2018, part of his larger Black Image Corporation project. As Gates says, “‘The Black Image Corporation’ is about the projection of images into the world.” The work invites visitors to engage directly with these rich and varied representations depicting women in their everyday lives, historical moments, and studio poses.

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