Embodied: Black Identities in American Art opens officially on February 18, 2011. I had the opportunity to walk through over the weekend and was thoroughly impressed with the range of material – seeing Lorna Simpson’s Wigs (Portfolio) on a single wall is simply stunning. Painting, photography, and more mingle and sub-themes are well developed throughout.

Words from Yale University Art Gallery

A collaboration among a team of students from Yale and the University of Maryland, College Park, Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery features works that address, question, and complicate the paradigms that have mapped meanings onto African American bodies throughout history. The 54 works selected for the exhibition, representing the Gallery’s commitment during the past decade to growing this area of the collection, include paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, and photographs. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

Above: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled, 2009. Acrylic on PVC. Yale University Art Gallery, Purchased with the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund and a gift from Jacqueline L. Bradley, B.A. 1979.

Well worth traveling to New Haven to view in person. On view through June 26, 2011.

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