Inaugural group exhibition:
What's Going On

Opening October 29, 2022

 

What’s Going On brings together more than 190 works by 50 artists who are responding to pressing social and political issues that continue to affect society today.

The title of the show references Marvin Gaye’s seminal 1971 album of the same name and its anthemic titular single, which decried injustice and other social ills. Gaye was a student at the long-closed Randall Junior High School, which has been converted by the New York-based firm Beyer Blinder Belle Architects to house the new museum.

Keith Haring’s Untitled (Against All Odds), 1989, introduces the exhibition. This pivotal series of 20 works depicts a dystopia that demonstrates Haring’s lifelong concern with environmental destruction, oppression, and illness. In a handwritten inscription that accompanies these drawings, Haring cites the influence of Marvin Gaye’s album What’s Going On, which he listened to endlessly while creating these artworks. The series was dedicated by Haring to Don Rubell’s brother Steve Rubell, who passed away from AIDS in 1989 at age 45.

 

List of Artists:

El Anatsui / Natalie Ball / Hernan Bas / Christian Boltanski / Cecily Brown / Miriam Cahn / Maurizio Cattelan / Jonathan Lyndon Chase / Robert Colescott / Karon Davis / Noah Davis / Matthew Day Jackson / Leonardo Drew / Marlene Dumas / Chase Hall / Keith Haring / Barkley Hendricks / Jenny Holzer / Huang Yong Ping / February James / Rashid Johnson / Josh Kline / Glenn Ligon / Juanita McNeely / John Miller / Oscar Murillo / Christopher Myers / Paulo Nazareth / Cady Noland / Catherine Opie / Christina Quarles / Jamea Richmond-Edwards / Tschabalala Self / Gary Simmons / Vaughn Spann / Hank Willis Thomas / Mickalene Thomas / Genesis Tramaine / Rosemarie Trockel / Kaari Upson / Andra Ursuta / Danh Vo / Kara Walker / John Waters / Carrie Mae Weems / Kehinde Wiley / Kennedy Yanko / Purvis Young / Lisa Yuskavage / Cajsa von Zeipel

 

 Haring K AgainstAllOdds 19

Keith Haring
Untitled (Against All Odds), 1989
Sumi ink and gouache on handmade linen paper
25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76 cm)
acquired in 1989

 

 

 

 

Sylvia Snowden

Opening October 29, 22

 

SHELL SNOWDEN BUTLER

SHELL IS MY DAUGHTER AND THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE SERIES "SHELL; GLIMPSES".

MY PAINTING IS EXPRESSIONISM. IT IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS PASSIONATE AND POWERFUL. IT IS DIRECT, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON SHELL WHICH IS DIRECT, AND REFLECTS A HUMAN STRUGGLE TO ENDURE- ORGANIC SHAPES.

MY PAINTING IS A PERSONAL FORM OF COMMUNICATION WHICH DEPICTS AN EMOTIONAL REACTION WITH A STRONG SENSE OF DESIGN AND COMPOSITION.

THIS SERIES SHOWS AN EXPERIENCE WHICH IS DEEPER THAN APPEARANCE. THE SURFACE IS RICH WITH TACTILE AND VISUAL TEXTURE. THE BRUSHWORK IS SENSUAL AND VIGOROUS WHICH AIDS IN THE PORTRAYAL OF SHELL'S ENERGY. SOME AREAS PROPEL FROM THE SURFACE, IMPASTO, REMINISCENT OF BAS RELIEF SCULPTURE MAKING USE OF GESTURAL BRUSHWORK.

IMPASTO. THE LUSH USE OF PAINT DEFINES THE ESSENCE OF SHELL AND GIVES A DEPTH OF SPIRIT - A CELEBRATION OF JOY OF A DAUGHTER. THE EMPHASIS IS ON EMOTION DISCIPLINED BY A STRONG SENSE OF DESIGN WHICH ATTEMPTS TO SHOW DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES OF SHELL'S LIFE EXPERIENCES.

I OFTEN USE RED TO DEPICT SHELL'S STRENGTH OF CHARACTER: A BALANCE BETWEEN STRENGTH AND FEMININITY. SHELL'S FRONTAL POSITION AND ITS MOVEMENT CREATES A "LIVE" CONNECTION AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN VIEWER AND SUBJECT MATTER, ADDING A SENSE OF LIFE. THE WORKS HERE ARE PART OF A VERY LARGE SERIES ON CANVAS AND PAPER.

SHELL IS MY DAUGHTER AND THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF DR. GEORGE W. SNOWDEN AND MRS. JESSIE BURNS SNOWDEN. THEY HELPED TO SHAPE HER STRENGTH OF CHARACTER AND FORM HER GIVING PERSONALITY. 

SHE RECEIVED HER BACHELOR'S DEGREE FROM SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, DEAN’S LIST, AND ENTERED DEVRY UNIVERSITY.

MY BRUSHWORK EXEMPLIFIES SHELL’S ZEST FOR LIFE, HER EFFORTS TO "GRAB LIFE BY THE HORNS”, HER ABILITY TO GET RIGHT UP AFTER LIFE'S UPHEAVALS.

STRENGTH AND FEMININITY.

- SYLVIA SNOWDEN, WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPTEMBER 2022

Snowden Sylvia Shell Glimpses 21