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Mapping Black Identities

Minneapolis Institute of Art

February 21, 2019 – March 15, 2020

Mapping Black Identities, installation view, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota (2019) 

Mapping Black Identities, installation view, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota (2019) 

Frank Bowling, False Start, 1970, acrylic and spray paint, 87.80h x 210.24w x 1.97d in (223h x 534w x 5d cm)

Frank Bowling, False Start, 1970, acrylic and spray paint, 87.80h x 210.24w x 1.97d in (223h x 534w x 5d cm)
 

Press Release

Mapping Black Identities
February 21, 2019 - March 15, 2020
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota 

The insitution's press release follows: 

Taking inspiration from Mia’s recent acquisition of Frank Bowling’s map painting False Start (1970), Mapping Black Identities challenges the notion of Black identity as monolithic. Championing the diverse experiences of artists from America, Africa, and the diaspora, this exhibition seeks to amplify underrepresented voices and create connections around the concept of Blackness in contemporary art across time and place.

Mapping is a colonial practice tied to painful histories of conquest and domination. Here, mapping functions as a powerful way to reclaim spaces—such as the museum—that have traditionally excluded or overlooked work by Black artists.

Mapping Black Identities is co-curated by Mia’s Contemporary Art Department, including Esther Callahan, Curatorial Affairs Fellow; Gabriel Ritter, Curator and Department Head; Nicole Soukup, Assistant Curator; and Keisha Williams, Curatorial Department Assistant and Artist Liaison, in collaboration with Mia’s Curatorial Advisory Committee. This Committee is composed of Mia staff who champion the prerogatives of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility by advising on Mia’s curation, labeling, and programming practices.