The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art

22 July - 31 December 2017

Experience a dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.
Founded in 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem is internationally known for its catalytic role in championing the works of artists of African descent. In a unique institutional collaboration, CMOA and the Studio Museum present a group exhibition with works by 40 artists, 20 from each each of the collections. Responding to a tumultuous and deeply divided moment in our nation’s history, the curators have mined these collections to offer a metaphoric picture of America today. Spanning nearly 100 years—from 1920s photographs by James VanDerZee to recent works by Kerry James Marshall, Ellen Gallagher, and Collier Schorr—20/20 provides a critical opportunity to prompt conversations about the necessity of art during times of social and political transformation.

20/20 draws together works from these important collections in dialogue. The exhibition unfolds through a thematic exploration of the foundations of our national condition, ultimately championing the critical role of art in political and individual expression. The first section of the exhibition, titled “A More Perfect Union,” presents a group of works that consider the formation of our democracy and shifting notions of national identity.

Artists: Edgar Arceneaux, Mark Bradford, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Abigail De Ville, Latoya Ruby Frazier, Ellen Gallagher, David Hammons, Ben Jones, Kerry James Marshall, Quentin Morris, Thaddeus Mosley, Kori Newkirk, Lorraine O'Grady, Howardena Pindell, Collier Schoor, Lorna Simpson, Zoe Strauss, Charles Teenie Harris, James Van Der Zee, Kara Walker, Nari Ward
Carnegie Museum of Art / Heinz Galleries, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Lorna Simpson is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumna. For more about her work, please visit:

Image Credit:
Lorna Simpson, 2 necklines, 1989.

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