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Opening Weekend for “Whitfield Lovell: Passages”

October 27, 2023 @ 10:00 am October 29, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Gif flashing between images of artwork in the AMFA exhibition Whitfield Lovell: Passages.

Whitfield Lovell: Passages, on view through January 14, 2024, focuses on African American history and raises questions about identity, memory, and our country’s heritage.

Lovell (b. 1959, Bronx, New York) makes drawings inspired by photographs of unidentified African Americans taken between the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s. Executed on paper or salvaged wooden boards, the artist’s drawings are paired with found objects and often incorporated into stand-alone tableaux or larger multimedia installations.

In the immersive installation Deep River (2013), recordings of lapping water accompany floor-to-ceiling video projections of the Tennessee River. Visitation: The Richmond Project (2001)—inspired by an African American neighborhood in Virginia in the 1860s—is a domestic interior displayed in a room built inside the gallery.

Passages examines the history and cultural memory of the African American experience and invites guests to consider the physical passage of time, its effect on memory, and the reception of our collective history.

Whitfield Lovell (New York, New York, 1959 – ), Kin I (Our Folks) (detail), 2008, conté on paper, paper flags, and string, 30 x 22 ½ in., On loan from the collection of Reginald and Aliya Browne.

Whitfield Lovell: Passages is organized by the American Federation of Arts in collaboration with Whitfield Lovell. Major support for the national tour and exhibition catalogue is provided by National Endowment for the Arts and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Harriet and Warren Stephens Galleries