Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015

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NINA CHANEL ABNEY | DERRICK ADAMS | SADIE BARNETTE | ZOE BUCKMAN | BETHANY COLLINS | NOLAN OSWALD DENNIS | OMAR VICTOR DIOP | TITUS KAPHAR | KILUANJI KIA HENDA | YASHUA KLOS | GERALD MACHONA | TOYIN OJIH ODUTOLA | EBONY G PATTERSON | ADAM PENDLETON | JODY PAULSEN | TABITA REZAIRE | JACOLBY SATTERWHITE | SHINIQUE SMITH

In keeping with our mission to investigate critical moments in the interconnected histories of global black life, Goodman Gallery is pleased to present To Be Young, Gifted, and Black the next edition of the ongoing series Working Title, an exhibition curated by one of our most thoughtful and provocative artists, Hank Willis Thomas.

Taking inspiration from Nina Simone’s iconic song To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (1969), written in memory of playwright Lorraine Hansberry, the author of Raisin in the Sun (1959) who died in 1964 at the age of 34, To Be Young, Gifted, and Black is about our moment, looking back at theirs. What lies between their Civil Rights and our #BlackLivesMatter? All over the world we cry out ever more fervently that our lives matter, even as evidence mounts supposedly to the contrary. However, we ourselves have never been in doubt of this truth, as Simone’s powerful words attest. She shares other great truths, singing that When you’re young, gifted, and black / Your soul’s intact, and, To be young, gifted, and black / Is where it’s at.

To Simone, these affirmations—these unique gifts—of soul and belonging, gained because of one’s race, age, and abilities, not in spite of, are fact. So too, to the artists in To Be Young, Gifted, and Black. Speaking both to the spirit of the song and of our times, they highlight the timeless matter-of-factness of Simone’s words, as well as a conscious contemporary need to hear, feel, and state her assertion boldly and loudly, unapologetically and with gusto.
Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA in photography, along with an MA in visual criticism, from California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco.

Thomas has acted as a visiting professor at the MFA programs at Maryland Institute College of Art and has lectured at Yale University, Princeton University and the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris. His work has been featured in several publications including 25 under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers (CDS, 2003), as well as his monograph Pitch Blackness (Aperture, 2008). He received a new media fellowship through the Tribeca Film Institute and was a 2011 fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad and his work is in numerous collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Modern Art. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publicly at the Oakland International Airport.

  • Untitled (Mixing Desk)

    Sadie Barnette

    Untitled (Mixing Desk), 2015

    Plastic, enamel and dirt

    80 x 100cm

  • ...Pitch tar thunderclouds rush like waves on folded, cerulean, nail pierced, canvas sky

    Titus Kaphar

    ...Pitch tar thunderclouds rush like waves on folded, cerulean, nail pierced, canvas sky, 2014

    Oil, tar and nails on canvas, with a wood fram...

  • George Washington's Chef

    Titus Kaphar

    George Washington's Chef, 2015

    Tar and oil on canvas

    60 x 48 inches

  • Seed of Life

    Shinique Smith

    Seed of Life, 2015

    Acrylic, ink, fabric and paper collage on canvas over wood panel

    Each Panel 244 x 122 x 6cm

  • Bale Variant No.0023 (Totem)

    Shinique Smith

    Bale Variant No.0023 (Totem), 2014

    Clothing, fabric, accessories, ribbon, rope and wood

    244 x 51 x 51cm

  • Frederick Douglass

    Omar Victor Diop

    Frederick Douglass, 2015

    Pigment ink jet printing on Hahnemuhle paper by Harman, courtesy of Magnin-A

    90 x 90cm

    Edition of ...

  • Omar Ibn Said

    Omar Victor Diop

    Omar Ibn Said, 2015

    Pigment ink jet printing on Hahnemuhle paper by Harman, courtesy of Magnin-A

    120 x 80cm

    Edition of 8

  • Do We Hate Our Women

    Zoe Buckman

    Do We Hate Our Women, 2014

    Embroidery on vintage lingerie

    Variable

  • Bitch Again

    Zoe Buckman

    Bitch Again, 2014

    Embroidery on vintage lingerie

    Variable

  • I Like Em Cute

    Zoe Buckman

    I Like Em Cute, 2014

    Embroidery on vintage lingerie

    Variable

  • He Left Her

    Zoe Buckman

    He Left Her, 2014

    Embroidery on vintage lingerie

    Variable

  • They Don't Call Me Big

    Zoe Buckman

    They Don't Call Me Big, 2014

    Embroidery on vintage lingerie

    Variable

  • Definition of Feminine

    Zoe Buckman

    Definition of Feminine, 2014

    Embroidery on vintage lingerie

    Variable

  • She Came Twice

    Zoe Buckman

    She Came Twice, 2014

    Embroidery on vintage lingerie

    variable

  • I See You Walking

    Zoe Buckman

    I See You Walking, 2014

    Embroidery on vintage lingerie

    Variable

  • Brother's Clown

    Zoe Buckman

    Brother's Clown, 2014

    Embroidery on vintage lingerie

    Variable

  • Star Gazer Mask (Fully Functional) with Giza Headdress

    Yashua Klos

    Star Gazer Mask (Fully Functional) with Giza Headdress , 2014

    Ink and woodblock prints collaged on archival paper

    114.3 x 149.5cm

    <...
  • Lily, carnation, and rose budz

    Ebony G Patterson

    Lily, carnation, and rose budz, 2014

    Mixed media jacquard tapestry with Papier Mache balls, 2 music 'boxes', 1 embellished tricycle, 25 ...

  • Vital, 1968

    Bethany Collins

    Vital, 1968, 2015

    Toner and graphite on American Masters paper

    76.2 x 111.8cm

  • Certain, 1982

    Bethany Collins

    Certain, 1982, 2015

    Pink Pearl eraser and American Masters paper

  • Keep calm and untie the noose II

    Gerald Machona

    Keep calm and untie the noose II, 2015

    Digital print in pigment inks on cotton rag paper

    83 x 123 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Keep calm and untie the noose I

    Gerald Machona

    Keep calm and untie the noose I, 2015

    Digital print in pigment inks on cotton rag paper

    83 x 123 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Untitled (C x 2)

    Nina Chanel Abney

    Untitled (C x 2), 2015

    Spray paint, paper collage on wood panel

    36 x 36 inches

  • Peaceful Warrior

    Tabita Rezaire

    Peaceful Warrior , 2015

    Video / video installation

    Edition of 3

  • This Could All Be Yours

    Derrick Adams

    This Could All Be Yours, 2015

    Mixed media collage on paper

    81.3 x 121.9cm

  • Runnin' Things

    Derrick Adams

    Runnin' Things, 2015

    Mixed media collage on paper

    81.3 x 121.9cm

  • Reifying desire 6

    Jacolby Satterwhite

    Reifying desire 6, 2011

    Single Channel film

    Edition of 1

  • When The Meteor Crashed

    Yashua Klos

    When The Meteor Crashed, 2015

    Ink and woodblock prints collaged on archival paper

  • I Have No Tongue and I Must Scream

    Nolan Oswald Dennis

    I Have No Tongue and I Must Scream, 2015

    Gold and black ink on wall

  • Poderosa

    Kiluanji Kia Henda

    Poderosa, 2014

    Installation

    Variable

    Edition of 5

  • The Treatment 2

    Toyin Ojih Odutola

    The Treatment 2, 2015

    Pen ink, gel ink and pencil on paper

    12 x 9 inches

  • The Treatment 6

    Toyin Ojih Odutola

    The Treatment 6, 2015

    Pen ink and pencil on paper

    12 x 9 inches

  • The Treatment 8

    Toyin Ojih Odutola

    The Treatment 8, 2015

    Pen ink and pencil on paper

    12 x 9 inches

  • The Treatment 10

    Toyin Ojih Odutola

    The Treatment 10, 2015

    Pen ink and pencil on paper

    12 x 9 inches

  • The Treatment 16

    Toyin Ojih Odutola

    The Treatment 16, 2015

    Pen ink an dpencil on paper

    12 x 9 inches

  • I've Got Potential

    Jody Paulsen

    I've Got Potential , 2015

    Felt

    250 x 200cm

  • Untitled (if the function of writing is to express the world)

    Adam Pendleton

    Untitled (if the function of writing is to express the world), 2015

    Vinyl

    dimensions variable

  • WE (we are not successive)

    Adam Pendleton

    WE (we are not successive), 2015

    Silkscreen ink on mirror polished stainless steel

    118.9 x 156.1 x 1.6cm Panel W 118.9 x 90.5 x 1.6c...

  • System of Display, R (PROTEST Untitled  Bauhaus photo)

    Adam Pendleton

    System of Display, R (PROTEST Untitled Bauhaus photo), 2015

    Silkscreen ink on plexiglass and mirror

    23.2 x 23.2 x 7.6cm

  • Black Dada/Column (AIA)

    Adam Pendleton

    Black Dada/Column (AIA), 2015

    Silkscreen ink on canvas

    243.8 x 193 x 3.8cm

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  • Installation picture [Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015]