Exhibition

Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary

8 Mar 2019 – 25 Aug 2019

Regular hours

Friday
10:00 – 17:00
Saturday
10:00 – 17:00
Sunday
10:00 – 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 – 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 17:00
Thursday
10:00 – 17:00

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A prolific painter, printmaker, muralist, draftsman, and photographer whose career spanned more than half a century, Charles White’s artistic portrayals of black subjects, life, and history were extensive and far-reaching.

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Plumb Line features contemporary artists whose work in the realm of black individual and collective life resonates with White’s profound and continuing influence.

From abstraction to figuration, the artists of Plumb Line (listed below) find conversation with White through the largesse of their canvases, expansive renderings of black skin and black community, and in the treatment of black past and presence in ways that are both epic and intimate.

The plumb line, an architectural tool used to determine verticality, is a featured element in White’s Birmingham Totem, suggesting the work of black artists as architects of change. White himself can also be considered an artistic plumb line: a builder of black artistic opportunities and a compass directing us toward new aesthetic, liberatory possibilities.

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Curators

Essence Harden

Leigh Raiford

Exhibiting artists

Toyin Ojih Odutola

Christopher Myers

Charles White

Diedrick Brackens

Sadie Barnette

Michelangelo Lovelace

EJ Hill

Bisa Butler

Lava Thomas

Greg Breda

Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Ficre Ghebreyesus

Yashua Klos

Ariel Dannielle

Nate Lewis

Deborah Willis

Alfred Conteh

Dawoud Bey

Deborah Roberts

Derrick Adams

Kenturah Davis

Derek Fordjour

Torkwase Dyson

Kohshin Finley

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