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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents "Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage" closing day

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Photo by Sydney Collins / courtesy of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Deborah Roberts

"Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage" is the first major museum exhibition devoted to exploring the breadth and complexity of Black identity and experiences in the United States through collage. Works by multiple generations of living artists examine concepts such as cultural hybridity, gender fluidity, historical memory, and notions of beauty and power.

By assembling pieces of paper, fabric, and repurposed materials, the artists create unified compositions that express the endless possibilities of Black-constructed narratives within a fragmented society. The artists range from established luminaries to early- and mid-career figures, including Mark Bradford, Lauren Halsey, Rashid Johnson, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Deborah Roberts, Tschabalala Self, Lorna Simpson, Devan Shimoyama, and Mickalene Thomas. The exhibitionalso features notable artists who are closely identified with the city of Houston, such as Tay Butler, Jamal Cyrus, Rick Lowe, and Lovie Olivia.

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Image info: Deborah Roberts, Let Them Be Children, 2018, mixed media and collage on canvas, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment, courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery.

"Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage" is the first major museum exhibition devoted to exploring the breadth and complexity of Black identity and experiences in the United States through collage. Works by multiple generations of living artists examine concepts such as cultural hybridity, gender fluidity, historical memory, and notions of beauty and power.

By assembling pieces of paper, fabric, and repurposed materials, the artists create unified compositions that express the endless possibilities of Black-constructed narratives within a fragmented society. The artists range from established luminaries to early- and mid-career figures, including Mark Bradford, Lauren Halsey, Rashid Johnson, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Deborah Roberts, Tschabalala Self, Lorna Simpson, Devan Shimoyama, and Mickalene Thomas. The exhibitionalso features notable artists who are closely identified with the city of Houston, such as Tay Butler, Jamal Cyrus, Rick Lowe, and Lovie Olivia.

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Image info: Deborah Roberts, Let Them Be Children, 2018, mixed media and collage on canvas, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment, courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery.

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WHERE

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
https://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/multiplicity-blackness-in-contemporary-american-collage

TICKET INFO

Free-$24

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