Exhibition

Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection

Pérez Art Museum (PAMM), Miami, United States
07 Nov 2020 - 01 Jul 2021

Elias Sime. Tightrope 5.7, 2009-14. © Elias Sime 2019. Image courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) present ‘Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection’, an exhibition of over 40 works by international African and African Diaspora artists on view from the collection of longtime board member, PAMM supporter and namesake Jorge M. Pérez. The exhibition presents a provocative group of 37 artists hailing from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and the US.

Addressing themes of identity, colonialism, spirituality, everyday life, and abstraction, the exhibition highlights artists whose works embody the vast complexities of the contemporary moment. Collapsing national borders, the artists in the exhibition ally with power, and with each other, embodying a kaleidoscope of voices that declare their artistic authority. Exhibition highlights include artists such as Stanley Whitney, recognized for his stacked and grid compositions of saturated colors, and Zanele Muholi, represented by two large-scale self-portraits that assert the power and beauty of the artist’s skin and gender. Allied with Power provides a conceptual framework through which we understand the legacy and prowess of artists of color in the world.

“Mr. Pérez’s recent acquisitions showcase the breadth, sophistication, and incredible tenacity of African and contemporary African diaspora artists. The exhibition is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the connections between Black artists from the US, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean, alongside African artists—all asserting their power to be seen, recognized and critically acclaimed. Considering the times that we are living today, this exhibition is a breath of confidence and strength,” said PAMM Curator María Elena Ortiz.

The exhibition includes works by artists: Igshaan Adams, Firelei Báez, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Kudzanai Chiurai, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Tomás Esson, Genevieve Gaignard, Sam Gilliam, David Goldblatt, Sonia Gomes, Nicholas Hlobo, Pieter Hugo, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Rashid Johnson, Isaac Julien, William Kentridge, Kiluanji Kia Henda, David Koloane, Guido Llinás, Arjan Martins, Misheck Masamvu, Zanele Muholi, Odili Donald Odita, Naudline Pierre, Robin Rhode, Deborah Roberts, Chéri Samba, Yinka Shonibare, Elias Sime, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Guy Tillim, Kara Walker , Stanley Whitney, Sue Williamson, Portia Zvavahera

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