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“THE WOVEN ARC”: ETHELBERT COOPER GALLERY’S FIRST SUMMER SHOW

“THE WOVEN ARC”: ETHELBERT COOPER GALLERY’S FIRST SUMMER SHOW PLAYS WITH THE COMMON ELELMENTS OF TEXT, TEXILES, SCULPTURES, AND MORE

Works by El Anatsui, Grace Ndiritu, Lina Viktor join pieces from permanent collection

Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art presents THE WOVEN ARC, curated by Gallery Director Vera Ingrid Grant, with a special installation of legacy textiles and hats by David Adjaye. 

The exhibition is inspired by recent acquisitions to the galley’s permanent collection and examines the points of relationship between them, revealed in the aesthetics of surface, text and texture. The installation features an array of sculptures, paintings, conceptual art pieces, print works and legacy textiles that Grant describes as “creating a visual dialogue within the exhibit space.” Four works from the Cooper Gallery’s growing permanent collection are part of THE WOVEN ARC, which runs from May 20 through July 16, 2016. A public opening reception begins at 6 PM on May 19. 

The exhibition includes work from Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui (a 2015 recipient of the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement), American conceptual artist Glenn Ligon, Namibian woodcutter John Muafangejo, Kenyan mixed-media artist Grace Ndirituand four pieces from British-Liberian conceptual artist Lina Viktor. Pieces from the Cooper Gallery’s permanent collection include a “Soundsuit” from visual and performance artist Nick Cave, “Six by Six” – a painting by mixed-media artist Peter Sacks from his “Aftermath” series, and a “Food Faerie” sculpture by British-Nigerian contemporary artist Yinka ShonibareThe exhibition also includes a special installation of legacy textiles and hats from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum selected by architect David Adjaye. Additional loans come from The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Jack Shainman Gallery.

“Together these works weave a narrative about social legacies that African and African American artists express and critique with evolving strategies.” Grant says. “Some of the pieces work as critical social metaphors; they all inspire discourse and spin fresh tales.”

The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery102 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM. More information about THE WOVEN ARC, including public programming events, is available online at http://www.coopergalleryhc.org/.

The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery for African & African-American Art is a free-to-the-public gallery highlighting contemporary art in exhibitions and installations complemented by free public programming.  Part of the acclaimed Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, and housed in a space designed by prominent British architect David Adjaye, the Cooper Gallery showcases diverse cultures, archives and historical traditions. Its programming offers local engagements, workshops, artist talks, academic symposia, and lectures.

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