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Young, Gifted and Black : The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art

Location:
Gallery 400
400 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607

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Jordan Casteel, D’Angelo Lovell Williams, Jacolby Satterwhite, Derrick Adams, Kevin Beasley, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Sadie Barnette, Bethany Collins, Wardell Milan, Deana Lawson, Kerry James Marshall, Adam Pendleton, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Sable Elyse Smith, Henry Taylor, Mickalene Thomas, Chiffon Thomas, Kara Walker, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Nayland Blake, Jonathon Lyndon Chase, Caitlin Cherry, Cy Gavin, Alteronce Gumby, Chase Hall, Allison Janae Hamilton, David Hammons, Kanyatta A.C. Hinkle, Lonnie Holley, Tomashi Jackson, Rashid Johnson, Jarrett Key, Glenn Ligon, Eric Mack, Troy Michie, Narcisisster, Arcmanoro Niles, Clifford Owens, Jennifer Packer, Christina Quarles, Andy Robert, Gerald Sheffield, Lorna Simpson, Vaughn Spann, William Villalonga, Nari Ward and Wilmer Wilson IV.

Including the work of two successive generations of Black artists, Young, Gifted and Black explores the lines of lineage and association in the ways contemporary artists of African descent impact the way we think about identity, politics, and art history itself. Curated by Antwaun Sargent and Matt Wycoff, this group exhibition features the work of more than thirty artists from the Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, New York. The traveling exhibition has been described as “a masterful showcase of some of the most innovative and influential contemporary black artists.” With works exploring a vast range of concepts from language, identity, sexuality, political and social struggle in African-American communities to the significance of color, abstraction, and landscapes, this exhibition is “a symphony of voices and visions from across generations all around the globe, creating a mellifluous confluence of style, media, and subject matter.”1

Programming related to the show will include conversations, workshops, artists talks, and more. Possible discussion topics include collecting (led by collector Bernard Lumpkin), the legacy of Lorraine Hansberry in Chicago, the significance of Black space, negotiating queer Blackness, and more.

Both quotes from: 1Miss Rosen, “’Young, Gifted and Black’ spotlights the multitude of black artists defining the contemporary art scene: Artist Tunji Adeniyi-Jones and collector Bernard Lumpkin discuss inclusivity and the evolving relationship between artists and institutions,” DOCUMENT, March 17, 2020, https://www.documentjournal.com/2020/03/young-gifted-and-black-spotlights-the-multitude-of-black-artists-defining-the-contemporary-art-scene/ , accessed 1/16/21.