Black Pulp! is on tour! If you missed it at IPCNY, see the dates and venues of the tour below:

June 2 – July 22, 2017
Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida, Tampa

September 19 – December 10, 2017
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University

If you are interested in touring Black Pulp! at your institution in 2018, please contact

News & Events:

May 13, 2017: Curators Mark Thomas Gibson and William Villalongo speak at Cooper Union in New York City. Click here for details.

Black Pulp! was featured in The New York Times on November 11th, 2016. See Holland Cotter’s substantive review here.

Free Public Program
Strategic Existence: Satire, Comics, and Authorship
A panel discussion & musical event on Saturday, October 22, 7:30–9:30pm
School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, NYC

Panelists: exhibiting artists Trenton Doyle Hancock and Laylah Ali, and Ariell Johnson of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia.
Moderated by Michael B. Gillespie, Assoc. Prof. of Film at CCNY and author.
Introductory remarks Making Black Modern: An Historical Grounding by Caroline Goeser, PhD and author. A special live musical performance by writer and musician Greg Tate and Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber will accompany this event. Black Pulp! curators William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson will welcome the participants.

RSVP to or on Eventbrite page. The event is preceded by extended viewing hours of Black Pulp! at IPCNY from 6–7pm.

About the Exhibition:

Opening Reception: October 6, 6-8pm

International Print Center New York (IPCNY) presents Black Pulp!an exhibition that examines evolving perspectives of Black identity in American culture and history from 1912 to 2016 through contemporary works of art and rare historical printed media. The exhibition includes works by artists, graphic designers, and publishers in formats ranging from little known comic books to covers for historic books and magazines, to etchings, digital prints, drawings, and media-based works by some of today’s leading artists. The exhibition is organized by artists William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson, and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, extensive didactics, and free public programming.

The exhibition features contemporary works by an intergenerational group of 21 artists from the Black diaspora: Derrick Adams, Laylah Ali, Firelei Báez, Nayland Blake, Robert Colescott, Renee Cox, William Downs, Ellen Gallagher, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Lucia Hierro, Yashua Klos, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Lamar Peterson, Pope.L, Kenny Rivero, Alexandria Smith, Felandus Thames, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, and Fred Wilson.

Black Pulp! situates these works in the context of rare historical books, comics, newspapers, and related ephemera, from Alain LeRoy Locke’s The New Negro (1925) and Wallace Thurman’s quarterly Fire!!: Devoted to the Younger Negro Artists (1926) to Jackie Ormes’ comic strip Torchy in Heartbeats (1953). Other historical artists and writers on view are Gwendolyn Bennett, E. Simms Campbell, Miguel Covarrubias, Charles Cullen, Countee Cullen, Sadie Iola Daniel, Aaron Douglas, Emory Douglas, W.E.B. Dubois, George J. Evans, Jr., Elton C. Fax, Billy Graham, Oliver W. Harrington, George Herriman, Alvin Hollingsworth, Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston, Charles S. Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gertrude McBrown, Dwayne McDuffie, Owen Middleton, Richard Bruce Nugent, Laura Wheeler Waring, Charles White and Carter G. Woodson.

New Benefit Editions by Mark Thomas Gibson available for purchase on the occasion of Black Pulp!


Black Pulp! at IPCNY is made possible through the generous support of Katherine Farley and Jerry I. Speyer, Agnes Gund, Sara and Joshua Slocum, Marnie S. Pillsbury, Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi, and Peggy Cooper Cafritz.

Press inquiries
April Hunt: or T 646 245 9312


On the occasion of Black Pulp! IPCNY is offering a reduced annual membership for $50, which includes all the benefits of Individual Membership (value $100) plus a copy of the Black Pulp! exhibition catalogue.
 Purchase the Black Pulp! limited edition exhibition poster $10. Designed by Jerome Harris.

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Aaron Douglas (American b. 1898), The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races, January 3, 1930. Published by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Courtesy of The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University.

Kara Walker (American, b. 1969), Alabama Loyalists Greeting the Federal Gun-Boats from Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005, offset Lithograph and Silkscreen. Edition: 35, 39 x 53 inches. Published by the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies. © 2016 Kara Walker.

Renee Cox (Jamaican, b. 1960), Chillin with Liberty, 1998, Cibachrome print, Edition: 3, 40 x 60 x 2 inches, Courtesy of the Artist. © 2016 Renee Cox.