And From The Coaltips A Tree Will Rise

New catalogue of work by LaToya Ruby Frazier.

A 2016 residency at MAC’s Grand-Hornu (Museum of Contemporary Arts) allowed LaToya to pursue work on a post-industrial society in Belgium. Her focus was the Borinage, a mining region whose intense activity in the 19th century was diminished by a series of crises that led to the closure of the last mine in 1976. Testimonies gathered by Frazier from the former miners and their families have resulted in And From The Coaltips A Tree Will Rise, an extensive collection of portraits, landscapes and still lifes.

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aToya Ruby Frazier: And from the Coaltips a Tree Will Rise

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: MAC’S Grand Hornu (Museum of Contemporary Arts, Belgium)
Date: September 26, 2017
Language: English
ISBN-10: 2930368705
ISBN-13: 978-2930368702

20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and CMOA

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 [Carnegie Museum of Art] and the Studio Museum present a group exhibition with works by 40 artists, 20 from 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.

The following two sections of the exhibition—“Working Thought” and “American Landscape”—expand on this by mapping contemporary American experience as a product of historical inheritances. “Working Thought” considers the basis of the national economy and the labor needed to sustain it, with works by Melvin Edwards, David Hammons, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, and others.

In turn, “American Landscape” considers the effects of our national economy on lived experience through artworks that document or express the built environment, past and present. The photographs of LaToya Ruby Frazier and Zoe Strauss record the effects of industry and dispossession on marginalized communities, while more abstract works by Mark Bradford, Abigail DeVille, and Kori Newkirk make use of everyday and found materials to reclaim and reinvent our perspective on natural and urban landscapes.

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20/20 Studio Museum in Harlem and CMOA

20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art
Jul 22–Dec 31, 2017
Carnegie Museum of Art
Heinz Galleries

Courtesy of: Carnegie Museum of Art

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“With her camera, Frazier has captured the years-long effects of racism and economic erosion in small towns, such as her native Braddock, Penn. Frazier, a MacArthur genius, has an all-seeing eye that informed her award-winning 2014 debut, The Notion of Family.”

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