Artifacts from the University Archives (University Libraries) are currently on view and provide context for a new exhibition at the Staller Center’s Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery. Entitled “Revisiting 5+1,” the exhibition examines a critical moment at the junction of abstract art, racial and gender politics, and student activism at Stony Brook University. It is a reflection on the historic 1969 exhibition of abstract art “5+1,” presenting works by the original artists alongside a new selection of major works by Black women working in abstraction.
Revisiting 5 + 1
November 10, 2022 – March 31, 2023
Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center for the Arts
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, November 16, 5-7pm
“Revisiting 5+1” features work by the six artists in the 1969 exhibition (curated by and including artist Frank Bowling) each of whom created vivid experimental abstract paintings and sculptures. Alongside Bowling, the show presents major work by Melvin Edwards, Daniel LaRue Johnson, Al Loving, Jack Whitten and William T. Williams, showcasing their early practices of the 1960s and 1970s. In collaboration with Distinguished Professor of Art Howardena Pindell, “Revisiting 5+1″ adds a related yet distinct group of six Black women artists, who were also trailblazers in abstraction. Alongside Pindell, the exhibition features works by Vivian Browne, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Betye Saar, Alma Thomas and Mildred Thompson, including a never before shown 1971 film by Saar. “Revisiting 5+1” provides new insight into the significance of the dynamic university context, demonstrating the important history of university-based exhibitions organized by Black artists. This exhibition honors Howardena Pindell’s four decades of working with art students at Stony Brook University on the occasion of her retirement from teaching.
For more information, visit the website of the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery.
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