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Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago

Including the work of two successive generations of Black artists, Young, Gifted and Black explores the lines of lineage and association in the ways contemporary artists of African descent impact the way we think about identity, politics, and art history itself. Curated by Antwaun Sargent and Matt Wycoff, this group exhibition features the work of fifty artists from the Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, New York. The traveling exhibition has been described by Miss Rosen as “a masterful showcase of some of the most innovative and influential contemporary black artists.” With works exploring a vast range of concepts from language, identity, sexuality, political and social struggle in African-American communities to the significance of color, abstraction, and landscapes, this exhibition is “a symphony of voices and visions from across generations all around the globe, creating a mellifluous confluence of style, media, and subject matter.”

Programming related to the show will include conversations, workshops, artists talks, and more. Possible discussion topics include collecting (led by collector Bernard Lumpkin), the legacy of Lorraine Hansberry in Chicago, the significance of Black space, negotiating queer Blackness, and more.