CURRENT & PAST EXHIBITIONS

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AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES: STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM COLLECTION
CURATED BY STACY HOLLANDER

February 11, 2020 – January 3, 2021

AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM
LINCOLN SQUARE, MANHATTAN

Everyone has a story to tell—a life lived, witness to and participant in events both private and shared. Such moments are captured by American folk and self-taught artists in powerful visual narratives that offer firsthand testimony to chapters in the unfolding story of America from its inception to the present. American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection showcases more than seventy stellar works of folk and self-taught art from the museum’s premier collection. Beautiful, diverse, and truthful, the art illuminates the thoughts and experiences of individuals with an immediacy that is palpable and unique to these expressions.

VISIONARY APONTE: ART & BLACK FREEDOM 
CURATED BY ÉDOUARD DUVAL CARRIÉ AND ADA FERRER

December 2017 – March 8, 2020*

Little Haiti Cultural Complex

King Juan of Spain Center at New York University

Duke University, Forum for Scholars & Publics

Plaza Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Santiago de Cuba

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

Group exhibition featuring a collaborative installation by the amazing Renee Stout and myself. The exhibition showcases works inspired by the nineteenth century Afro-Cuban slave rebellion leader and artist "Black" Jose Aponte and his lost "Book of Paintings".  Other artists featured in the exhibition are José Bedia, Leonardo Benzant, Edouardo Duval Carrié, Asser St. Val, Fabiola Jean-Louis and more. The exhibition first opened during Miami Art Basel December 2017 at the Haitian Cultural Complex. The next stop was New York University's King Juan of Spain Center during the spring of 2018. After a stop at Duke University the show went to Havana, Cuba and then Santiago de Cuba in 2019. It's is now in Nashville, Tennessee at the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery awaiting the end of the COVID Pandemic shutdown to resume it's tour around the world. Next stop- Havard University.  Curated by Edouardo Duval Carrié, Tosha Grantham and Ada Ferrer.

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 HANDSTITCHED WORLDS: THE CARTOGRAPHY OF QUILTS 

AT THE SELF-TAUGHT GENIUS GALLERY LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS

CURATOR: SARAH MARGOLIS-PINEO

July 16, 2018–October 3, 2018

 Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts is an invitation to read quilts as maps, tracing the paths of individual stories and experiences that illuminate larger historic events and cultural trends. Spanning the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, the exhibition brings together a collection of quilts from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum that represents a range of materials, motifs, and techniques—from traditional early-American quilts to more contemporary sculptural assemblage. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Our Queens, a participatory activity open to all during gallery hours (Monday–Thursday, 11 am to 5 pm). Visitors are invited to take up a needle and thread to embroider landmarks—marking significant places, events, and memories—onto a canvas map of Queens. (Previous sewing skills are not required.) To document this public collaboration, the Self-Taught Genius Gallery has a blog, where stories and memories are recorded throughout the duration of the project.