Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water

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

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

The Shed reopens October 16 with a solo exhibition, nearly four years in the making, featuring new work by Howardena Pindell that examines the violent, historical trauma of racism in America and the therapeutic power of art. With enhanced health and safety protocols, The Shed will welcome back visitors Thursdays through Sundays, with free admission to the exhibition through October 31.

Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water, organized by Adeze Wilford, Curatorial Assistant at The Shed, is on view through April 11, 2021 and includes Pindell’s first video work in 25 years, as well as new large-scale paintings and several abstract paintings from earlier in her career.

“Working on my commission for The Shed has been a very rewarding and healing experience,” said Howardena Pindell. “It allowed me to conceptualize an idea as a result of an experience I had as a child. I put it forth as a performance piece to a group of white women artists at the A.I.R. Gallery, where I was a founder in the early 1970s. They turned it down. (I was the only non-white member of the gallery.) The now-realized concept is the film Rope/Fire/Water, the centerpiece of the exhibition.”


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