Funding Arts Browards Black & White: A Night at the Museum – April 25 – 71Bait

At the last Funding Arts Broward event of 2020, Bonnie Clearwater, Museum Curator, hosted the exhibition. This piece was by Takashi Murikami. Photo by Rachel Galvin.

By Rachel Galvin

A FAB event is coming our way! If you’re in Broward County and you’re an art lover, don’t miss this gem of an event. Each year Funding Arts Broward hosts a special event filled with arts and community, music and food, and more. This year is sure to be just as special.

Monday, April 25 from 6pm to 8pm at the NSU Art Museum Ft. Lauderdale, the event is slated to include a performance by students from Dillard High School Center for the Arts. This elegant black and white themed cocktail party also includes light snacks and a decadent dessert table. The best part of your event is seeing the art on display at the museum. This year the exhibition is called “Lux et Veritas” and the private tour will be led by Bonnie Clearwater, the museum’s director and chief curator. Be sure to wear your black and white for this elegant affair.

Kehinde Wiley, Karl Spindler, 2017, courtesy of S. Donald Sussman. © Kehinde Wiley

More about the exhibition:

According to the museum, “Lux et Veritas” focuses on a generation of colorists who graduated from the Yale School of Art between 2000 and 2010. Latin for “light and truth.” In the context of this exhibition, the title refers to how these artists thought about their work and their movement through institutional structures with critical complexity. Artists featured include Mike Cloud, William Cordova, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Abigail DeVille, Torkwase Dyson, John Espinosa, Luis Gispert, Rashawn Griffin, Leslie Hewitt, Loren Holland, Titus Kaphar, Jamerry Kim, Eric N. Mack, Wardell Milan, Wangechi Mutu, Mamiko Otsubo, Ronny Qevedo, Mickalene Thomas, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Shoshanna Weinberger and Kehinde Wiley.

As with similar programs, the Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut was not historically diverse, which spurred these art students to merge across the faculties of painting, graphic design, sculpture, photography, and art history. They filled gaps in the school’s curriculum and counteracted the faculty’s lack of diversity by inviting artists, curators and writers of color as consultants and guest speakers, developing an interdisciplinary forum, editing art journals, organizing exhibitions and documenting their experiences with video and photography. The relationships they formed at school grew into communities that networked and provided each other with vital support and feedback, often carrying those efforts on beyond college. Her reappraisal of the western art canon and her engagement with the method and practice of teaching have contributed to greater recognition of color artists, challenging stereotypes and enriching shared spaces of learning and thinking about art and art practice at large.

Lux et Veritas provides a public forum addressing the directions these artists took based on the explorations that began in graduate school and then infused into their practice. The exhibition is curated by Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator of the NSU Art Museum. Mike Cloud (Yale, MFA 2003), William Cordova (Yale, MFA 2004), Leslie Hewitt (Yale, MFA 2004), and Irene V. Small, Associate Professor, Contemporary Art & Criticism, Princeton University (Yale, Ph.D. 2008 ) advise the exhibition. Oral stories with the artists who attended the School of Art offered significant insights into their experiences, relationships and work.

The exhibition is currently on view until October 23. It is presented by S. Donald Sussman and sponsored by Funding Arts Broward.

This event is for FAB members, friends and public supporters of the arts. Tickets for Black & White: A Night At The Museum cost $75 per person and are available at fundingartsbroward.org. For more information please call 954-353-7673 or email fundartsbroward@gmail.com.

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