Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water

The Shed, New York, United States
16 Oct 2020 - 11 Apr 2021

Howardena Pindell, Slavery Memorial: Lash (detail), 1998 – 99. Mixed media on canvas. 55 ¼ x 136 ½ inches. Private collection.

For her solo exhibition at The Shed, Howardena Pindell will present Rope/Fire/Water, her first video in 25 years and a project unrealized by the artist since the 1970s that The Shed commissioned. An exhibition about the brutality of racism and the healing power of art, running from 16 October until 11 April 2021.

In this powerful work, Pindell recounts personal anecdotes and anthropological and historical data related to lynchings and racist attacks in the United States. She accompanies this voice-over with archival photos of lynchings and the historic Birmingham, Alabama, Children’s Crusade, a series of nonviolent protests carried out by young people in May 1963.

Over her nearly 60-year career, Pindell has created richly textured abstract paintings while engaging with politics and the social issues of her time. In the exhibition, Pindell will also debut a pair of large-scale paintings related to global atrocities of imperialism and white supremacy, and several abstract paintings that demonstrate a through line in Pindell’s practice: after working on traumatic historical projects, the artist decompresses by creating meticulously produced, large-scale abstract works on unstretched canvas.

Organized by Adeze Wilford, Assistant Curator.




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