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Vision & Spirit: African American Art | Works From The Bank Of America Collection

Gordon Parks (American, 1912 – 2006). Untitled (Muhammad Ali), Miami Beach, Florida, 1970. Gelatin Silver Print. Bank of America Collection. Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

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  • About This Exhibition

    Curated by Dexter Wimberly

    Vision & Spirit is an exhibition composed of more than 100 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and mixed media works by 48 artists born in the 19th and 20th centuries. Highlighting key aspects of their lives, as well as the important objects they created, the exhibition focuses on these artists’ strength and resilience as creative forces whose work continues to shape our understanding of the world.

    In selecting work for the exhibition, guest curator Dexter Wimberly sought images and concepts that embody the exhibition’s central theme of resilience. Throughout this process he continually reflected on the social and political times in which the works of art were created. The breadth of work in the exhibition includes portraits of unknown and well-known individuals, including influential figures such as Muhammad Ali, John and Alice Coltrane, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It also includes photographs taken during the Harlem Renaissance and The Civil Rights Movement, as well as intimate and quiet moments in early to mid-Century and contemporary Black life.

    Seeking to balance the presentation of figuration and abstraction, Vision & Spirit also includes the work of several emerging or lesser-known contemporary African American artists to explore the idea that all art exists on a continuum, and that art being made today is both historically and psychologically influenced by art made in the past. Vision & Spirit offers us a cross-generational conversation and opens the door for greater discussions about the past, present and future of African Americans.

    Essay From The Curator

    Click/tap here to read an essay from curator Dexter Wimberly about this exhibition's inspiration.

  • About The Curator

    Dexter Wimberly is an independent curator and entrepreneur who has organized exhibitions and developed programs with galleries and institutions throughout the world including The Third Line in Dubai; Contemporary Art Museum CAM Raleigh in North Carolina; The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco; Koki Arts in Tokyo; and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. His exhibitions have been reviewed and featured in publications including The New York Times, Artforum, and Hyperallergic; and have received support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Wimberly has also served as Director of Strategic Planning at Independent Curators International in New York City.

    Prior to his curatorial career, Wimberly was the managing partner and CEO of the advertising agency, August Bishop, representing a diverse array of clients, including Adidas, The Coca-Cola Company and, HBO. Wimberly is a Senior Critic at New York Academy of Art. He is also the founder of ART WORLD CONFERENCE, a business and financial literacy conference for visual artists. He and ART WORLD CONFERENCE co-organizer, Heather Bhandari were recently listed in the Observer's "Arts Power 50: Changemakers Shaping the Art World in 2019.”

  • Artists In This Exhibition

    Henry Clay Anderson (1911-1998)
    Benny Andrews (1930-2006)
    Chelle Barbour (b. 1964)
    Romare Bearden (1912-1988)
    Dawoud Bey (b. 1953)
    John Biggers (1924- 2001)
    Willie Birch (b. 1942)
    Beverly Buchanan (1940-2015)
    Kevin Cole (b. 1960)
    Willie Cole (b. 1955)
    Allan Rohan Crite (1910-2007)
    Dewey Crumpler (b. 1949)
    Roy Decarava (1919-2009)
    Murry DePillars (1938-2008)
    Lawrence Finney (b. 1963)
    Charles Gaines (b. 1944)
    Sam Gilliam (b. 1933)
    Mike Henderson (b. 1943)
    Earlie Hudnall Jr. (b. 1946)
    David Huffman (b. 1963)
    Oliver Jackson (b. 1935)
    Rashid Johnson (b. 1977)
    Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)

    Willie Little (b. 1961)
    Juan Logan (b. 1946)
    Whitfield Lovell (b. 1959)
    Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955)
    Julie Mehretu (b. 1970)
    Gordon Parks (1912-2006)
    Corey Pemberton (b. 1990)
    Martin Puryear (b. 1941)
    Faith Ringgold (b. 1930)
    Mario Robinson (b. 1970)
    Betye Saar (b. 1926)
    Raymond Saunders (b. 1934)
    Robert Sengstacke (1943-2017)
    Jamel Shabazz (b. 1960)
    Lorna Simpson (b. 1960)
    Chuck Stewart (1927-2017)
    Robert Tomlin (b. 1955)
    James VanDerZee (1886-1983)
    Raelis Vasquez (b. 1995)
    Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953)
    Charles White (1918- 1979)
    Fred Wilson (b. 1954)
    Ernest C. Withers (1922-2007)

    New works were acquired for the exhibition from these artists:

    Raelis Vasquez
    Corey Pemberton
    David Huffman
    Mike Henderson

    Dewey Crumpler
    Chelle Barbour
    Murry DePillars


  • Activity Guide

    Download the companion Family Discussion & Activity Guide here for Vision & Spirit.

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Works From Vision & Spirit

Here are 6 works that are included in Vision & Spirit: African American Art | Works From The Bank Of America Collection curated by Dexter Wimberly.

Gordon Parks (American, 1912 – 2006). Untitled (Muhammad Ali), Miami Beach, Florida, 1970. Gelatin Silver Print. Bank of America Collection. Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

Dewey Crumpler (American, b. 1949). Blue Feel, 2018. Acrylic and mixed media on paper. Bank of America Collection

Benny Andrews (American, 1930–2006). Rehearsal (Music Series), 1997. Oil and collage on canvas. Bank of America Collection © 2023 Estate of Benny Andrews / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY

Earlie Hudnall, Jr. (American, b. 1946). Hip Hop, 1993, 1993. Gelatin silver print. Bank of America Collection

Jamel Shabazz (American, b. 1960). Knowledge is Power (Coney Island, Brooklyn), 1980. Color coupler print, 9/9. Bank of America Collection

James VanDerZee (American, 1886–1983). Couple in Raccoon Coats, Harlem, 1932. From the Eighteen Photographs portfolio, 1905–1938. Gelatin silver print, 5/75. Bank of America Collection

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