In Context: Africans in America (at Goodman Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery)

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Goodman Gallery Johannesburg
Johannesburg Art Gallery

17 November 2016 – 17 December 2017

ruby onyinyechi amanze / Ghada Amer / Kajahl / Stan Douglas / Brendan Fernandes / Theaster Gates / Eric
Gottesman / Lyle Ashton Harris / Alfredo Jaar / Ayana V Jackson / Rashid Johnson / Julie Mehretu / Wangechi Mutu / Paulo Nazareth / Odili Donald Odita / Dawit L. Petros / Valerie Piraino / Daapo Reo / Tabita Rezaire / Mikhael Subotzky / Carrie Mae Weems / Kehinde Wiley

As part of its ongoing In Context series, Goodman Gallery is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition Africans in America and the concurrent academic conference Black Portraiture[s] III: Reinventions: Strains of Histories and Cultures, along with a series of events happening throughout Johannesburg. The citywide initiative will take place from November 2016 through January 2017.

In 2010, Goodman Gallery director Liza Essers launched In Context, an innovative curatorial platform to bring together a diverse group of international artists who share a rigorous commitment to the dynamics and tensions of place in reference to the African continent. A signature programme within the gallery, In Context activates the city of Johannesburg as a locus of contemporary art practice, ideas and discourses. In Context takes place in Johannesburg in the absence of an officially funded citywide biennial. Goodman Gallery takes great pleasure in facilitating the exhibition Africans in America and spearheading the Black Portraiture[s] III conference. These events play a vital part in addressing gaps in art history, rewriting it from diverse perspectives, a central pursuit within the In Context series.

Conceptualised and curated by artist Hank Willis Thomas and Liza Essers, Africans in America aims to speak to the flows, exchanges and continuities between the continent of Africa and the United States. The exhibition will take place across two spaces in the city, Goodman Gallery in Parkwood and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Artists featured include Ghada Amer, Theaster Gates, Alfredo Jaar, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Odili Donald Odita and Kehinde Wiley, amongst others.

The exhibition is aligned to the important Black Portraiture[s] III initiative convened by Deborah Willis (New York University), Henry Louis Gates III (Harvard University) and Brett Pyper (University of Witwatersrand). The seventh in a series of conversations about imaging the black body, the 2016 edition is the first to be held on the African continent. The conference, which has attracted an impressive list of international panelists, opens up a forum for artists, activists and scholars from around the world to share ideas on a range of subjects, from historical topics to current research on South African art and activism and related themes affecting the global African diaspora.

Hank Willis Thomas has been represented by Goodman Gallery South Africa since 2008. Africans in America is the second exhibition he has curated for the gallery. He has become recognised for challenging constructions of race and gender in the United States and South Africa. His art has consistently extended dialogues on African and diaspora identities into significant international arenas, and his important work in South Africa has keyed into local history while driving new visions in the post-apartheid context.

In Context 2016 is a partnership between Goodman Gallery; The Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University; Wits School of Arts at University of the Witwatersrand; United States Mission to South Africa; La Pietra Dialogues/ New York University; New York University Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity; and Hank Willis Thomas Studio, in association with Phillips; Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts; Studio Museum in Harlem; Wiser Institute; Center for African American Studies/ Princeton University; Johannesburg Art Gallery; Contemporary And, and Art Africa.

  • One million points of light

    Alfredo Jaar

    One million points of light, 2005

    Light box

    45 x 60 x 12 cm

    Edition of 3

  • La Leçon de grammaire-RFGA

    Ghada Amer

    La Leçon de grammaire-RFGA, 2015

    Acrylic, Dried Pastel, Embroidery & Gel Medium on Canvas

    182.9 x 203.2cm

    © Ghada Amer. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York

  • Epigraph, Damascus

    Julie Mehretu

    Epigraph, Damascus, 2016

    6 panels; Photogravure, sugar lift aquatint, spit bite aquatint, open bite Hahnemühle Bütten 350 gr.

    Paper...

    © Julie Mehretu

  • Untitled Anxious Drawing

    Rashid Johnson

    Untitled Anxious Drawing, 2016

    Oil on paper

    61 x 46 cm

  • I'm too misty

    Wangechi Mutu

    I'm too misty, 2015

    Collage painting on linoleum

    101.6 x 83.8cm

    Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London

  • Flower head

    Wangechi Mutu

    Flower head, 2015

    Mixed media

    111.8 x 81.3 x 33 cm

    Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London

  • Afrostack

    Theaster Gates

    Afrostack, 2012

    Concrete, porcelain, glass and book

    128.3 x 32.1 x 31.3 cm

    © Theaster Gates. Photo © White Cube (Edouard Fraipont)

  • Kung - Fu Fighting, 1975

    Stan Douglas

    Kung - Fu Fighting, 1975, 2012

    Digital C-print mounted on Dibond aluminum

    Image: 91.4 x 137.2cm, Framed: 99.1 x 144.8 x 6.4cm

    E...

  • Capoeira, 1974

    Stan Douglas

    Capoeira, 1974, 2012

    Digital C-print mounted on Dibond aluminum

    Image: 142.2 x 213.4cm, Framed: 149.9 x 221 x 6.4cm

    Edition of ...

  • Brotherhood, Crossroads and Etcetera #2

    Lyle Ashton Harris with Thomas Allen Harris

    Brotherhood, Crossroads and Etcetera #2, 1994

    Fujiflex print

    56 x 46cm

    Edition of 6

    Courtesy David Castillo Gallery

  • Untitled (Mother)

    Lyle Ashton Harris with Thomas Allen Harris

    Untitled (Mother), 1998

    Fujiflex print

    122 x 76cm

    Edition of 6

    Courtesy David Castillo Gallery

  • Untitled (Blue)

    Lyle Ashton Harris with Thomas Allen Harris

    Untitled (Blue), 1998

    Fujiflex print

    122 x 76cm

    Edition of 6

    Courtesy David Castillo Gallery

  • The Capture of Angela

    Carrie Mae Weems

    The Capture of Angela, 2008

    Archival pigment print

    155 x 129 x 6cm (framed)

    Edition of 5

  • The Assassination of Medgar, Malcolm and Martin

    Carrie Mae Weems

    The Assassination of Medgar, Malcolm and Martin, 2008

    Archival pigment print

    155 x 130 x 4.5cm (framed)

    Edition of 5

  • Mourning

    Carrie Mae Weems

    Mourning, 2008

    Archival pigment print

    155 x 130 x 6cm (framed)

    Edition of 5

  • Niger Delta Blues III

    Valerie Piraino

    Niger Delta Blues III, 2016

    Polystyrene, epoxy clay, paint, twine

    67.4 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm

  • Objet Trouvé I

    Valerie Piraino

    Objet Trouvé I, 2016

    Polystyrene, epoxy clay, paint, gold leaf, twine

    91.5 x 11.5 x 11.5

  • Ethereal Series Three

    Kajahl

    Ethereal Series Three, 2015

    Oil in canvas mounted on panel

    24 x 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

  • John Mensah

    Kehinde Wiley

    John Mensah, 2010

    Oil on canvas with artist’s frame

    72 x 60 cm

    Courtesy of the Zeitz Collection (Founding Collection, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa)

  • Performance of A Novelist Drinking Coffee

    Eric Gottesman

    Performance of A Novelist Drinking Coffee, 2013

    Pigment print

    61 x 76 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Performance of A Novelist Smoking

    Eric Gottesman

    Performance of A Novelist Smoking, 2013

    Pigment print

    61 x 76 cm

    Edition of 5

  • We Do Not Know What They Are Constructing

    Eric Gottesman

    We Do Not Know What They Are Constructing, 2013

    Pigment print

    61 x 76 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Untitled (Scramble for the Sky)

    Eric Gottesman

    Untitled (Scramble for the Sky), 2016

    Pigment print

    101.6 x 127 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Untitled (Scramble for the Sky)

    Eric Gottesman

    Untitled (Scramble for the Sky), 2016

    Pigment print

    101.6 x 127 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Untitled (Scramble for the Sky)

    Eric Gottesman

    Untitled (Scramble for the Sky), 2016

    Pigment print

    101.6 x 152.4 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Untitled (Scramble for the Sky)

    Eric Gottesman

    Untitled (Scramble for the Sky), 2016

    Pigment print

    101.6 x 127 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Untitled (Scramble for the Sky)

    Eric Gottesman

    Untitled (Scramble for the Sky), 2016

    Pigment print

    101.6 x 127 cm

    Edition of 5

  • The Last Days of Baalu Girma

    Eric Gottesman

    The Last Days of Baalu Girma, 2013

    Pigment print from Polaroid negative

    106.68 x 132.08cm

    Edition of 5

  • Single cube Formation No.2, Santa Barbara, CA

    Dawit L. Petros

    Single cube Formation No.2, Santa Barbara, CA, 2011

    Archival digital print

    76.2 x 91.4cm

    Edition of 1

    Courtesy the artist, Goodman Gallery, & Tiwani Contemporary

  • Single Cube Formation No.3, Marfa, TX

    Dawit L. Petros

    Single Cube Formation No.3, Marfa, TX, 2011

    Archival digital print

    76.2 x 91.4cm

    Edition of 1

    Courtesy the artist, Goodman Gallery, & Tiwani Contemporary

  • Act of recovery (Part I)

    Dawit L. Petros

    Act of recovery (Part I), 2016

    Archival colour pigment print

    50.8 x 66.1cm

    Edition of 1

    Courtesy the artist, Goodman Gallery, & Tiwani Contemporary

  • Untitled (Procession)

    Lyle Ashton Harris in collaboration with Thomas Allen Harris

    Untitled (Procession), 1998

    C-print

    152.4 x 121.92 cm

    Edition of 6

    Courtesy of the artist and Gregory R Miller Collection

  • Untitled, from Noticias de America (News from the Americas) series

    Paulo Nazareth

    Untitled, from Noticias de America (News from the Americas) series , 2011/2012

    photo printing on cotton paper

    45 x 60 cm

    Edit...

  • Untitled, from Noticias de America (News from the Americas) series

    Paulo Nazareth

    Untitled, from Noticias de America (News from the Americas) series, 2011/2012

    photo printing on cotton paper

    45 x 60 cm

    Editi...

  • Eat Cake

    Wangechi Mutu

    Eat Cake, 2012

    Video

    Edition of 6

    Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London

  • Nguva

    Wangechi Mutu

    Nguva, 2013

    Video (colour, sound)

    Edition of 6

    Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London

  • Highway

    Odili Donald Odita

    Highway, 2015

    Acrylic latex on laminated panel

    245 x 122cm

    ©Odili Donald Odita

  • Van Gogh's Trees

    Odili Donald Odita

    Van Gogh's Trees, 2016

    Acrylic latex on laminated panel

    245 x 122cm

    ©Odili Donald Odita

  • A Small World

    Sanford Biggers, Jennifer Zackin

    A Small World, 1999-2001

    Single-channel projection (colour, silent), DVD, carpet, sofa, wood panel walls

    <...

  • ALCOHOLOTOPIA (A GEOPOLITICAL DREAM UNDER THE INFLUENCE)

    Daàpò Reo

    ALCOHOLOTOPIA (A GEOPOLITICAL DREAM UNDER THE INFLUENCE), 2016

    Cotton, polyester

    274.4 x 152.4 cm

  • The Sun's Sister

    ruby onyinyechi amanze

    The Sun's Sister, 2015

    Graphite, ink and photo transfers

    96.52 x 127cm

  • The End

    Brendan Fernandes

    The End, 2014

    Dimensions variable

  • Manuel, Tucson (0600)

    Mikhael Subotzky

    Manuel, Tucson (0600), 2011

    Inkjet print / Inkjet print / Lightjet C-Print

    Image: 62 x 50cm

    Edition of 5

  • Inner Fire : Gold Digger

    Tabita Rezaire

    Inner Fire : Gold Digger, 2016

    Diasec

    Height: 200cm

    Edition of 3

  • Niger Delta Blues II

    Valerie Piraino

    Niger Delta Blues II, 2016

    Polystyrene, epoxy clay, paint, twine

    73.7 x 11.5 x 11.5 cm

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  • Installation picture [In Context: Africans in America (at Goodman Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery)]
  • Installation picture [In Context: Africans in America (at Goodman Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery)]
  • Installation picture [In Context: Africans in America (at Goodman Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery)]
  • Installation picture [In Context: Africans in America (at Goodman Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery)]
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