not but nothing other: African-American Portrayals, 1930s to Today
September 5–December 7, 2019
Titled after a poem by Fred Moten, “not but nothing other: African-American Portrayals, 1930 to Today” presents depictions of and by Black Americans, providing a wide-ranging survey of how artists over the last eighty years have responded to the challenge of picturing African-American selfhood. Key eras of creative production—the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights and Black Power eras, as well as our present moment—are represented by artworks drawn from four prominent US public collections: the Art Bridges Foundation; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; and the Fisk University Galleries. From portraits to re-imaginings of historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, from realistic renderings to conceptual experiments, these works evidence the ongoing struggle to affirm Black identity within an America marked since its founding by the legacy of slavery, segregation, and racial discrimination.
In conjunction with the exhibition the Art Museum is hosting a wide range of public
programs. The exhibition opening on Thursday, September 5, 5-7 p.m., will feature
a poetry reading by local resident Brenda Cave-James. Events over the course of the
fall semester will include presentations and conversations by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
’78, Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Fred Moten, and Willie Cole. Performances by youth from
the Binghamton Boys and Girls Club, the University Gospel Choir, and original music
compositions by Binghamton University students will also take place in the Art Museum.
On September 21 at 2:00 the sculpture Falling Man (1973) by Ed Wilson will be unveiled during Homecoming 2019 weekend. Details for
these and other programs can be found on the Binghamton University Art Museum webpage
under Events. All events are
free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
The exhibition was organized by Tom McDonough, Associate Professor of Art History. Generous support for this project is provided by Art Bridges.