The Stony Island Arts Bank is closed for exhibition installation until June 28. Please join us for the opening of A Johnson Publishing Story on June 28 from 5-8pm.

 

On view

Out of Easy Reach


Stony Island Arts Bank

Shinique SmithBale Variant No.00222012Clothing, fabric, fashion accessories, bedding, ribbon, twine, and wood90 x 30 x 30 inchesCollection of Jack and Sandra Guthman, Chicago.Courtesy David Castillo Gallery
Shinique Smith Bale Variant No.00222012 Clothing, fabric, fashion accessories, bedding, ribbon, twine, and wood90 x 30 x 30 inchesCollection of Jack and Sandra Guthman, Chicago. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery

Out of Easy Reach considers how artists from two generations have been informed by those before them; addressing the crisis of visibility of women of color within the narrative of abstraction’s history. Through the work of 24 artists, a broadened understanding of the freedom and impact of moving beyond binary thinking, beyond the body, and beyond the expectations of representation—emerges. Featuring work made from 1980 to the present, Out of Easy Reach presents myriad ways artists working in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Atlanta, Austin, and Puerto Rico employ abstraction as a tool to explore personal and universal histories.

Out of Easy Reach explores how American artists from the Black and Latinx diasporas who identify as women are using various forms of abstraction to navigate, respond to, and embrace the contemporary world.

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Upcoming

A Johnson Publishing Story

Stony Island Arts Bank
Opening: Thursday June 28, 5pm-8pm

Founded in Chicago in 1942, the Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) held dominance over the African American publishing and media landscape for many decades with publications Ebony and Jet and the nationally syndicated TV show Ebony/Jet Showcase. Spotlighting materials from the Johnson Publishing Archive, which features more than 15,000 items donated to Rebuild Foundation by JPC including books, periodicals, ephemera, paintings, and sculpture, A Johnson Publishing Story will examine the role of the JPC in defining and disseminating a black aesthetic and culture to national and international audiences in the mid-20th century.

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