black pulp!

Curated by Mark Thomas Gibson and William Villalongo

October 6 - December 19, 2016 at IPCNY

On tour through April 2018, details below.

Tour Dates:

June 2 - July 20, 2017
The Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida

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

February 2 -
April 29, 2018

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

About our touring program.

Black Pulpexamines 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.

The exhibition 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.

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About the curators

 Photo: Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register  Left:  William Villalongo , right:  Mark Thomas Gibson

Photo: Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register

Left: William Villalongo, right: Mark Thomas Gibson


Mark Thomas Gibson  (American, b. 1980, Miami, Florida) is a New York-based artist and full-time Lecturer and Assistant Dean for Student Relations at Yale School of Art. He received his B.F.A. from The Cooper Union and his M.F.A. from Yale School of Art in Painting and Printmaking, where he received the Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Award. He is an Adjunct Professor at School of Visual Arts. He is represented by Fredericks & Freiser, New York, where he has a one-person exhibition on view through October 14, 2017. 

William Villalongo (American, b. 1975, and raised in Bridgeton, New Jersey) is a New York-based artist and Assistant Professor at The Cooper Union School of Art. He received his B.F.A. from The Cooper Union and his M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.  He is the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. His work is held in the collections of The Studio Museum In Harlem, Princeton University Art Museum, The Weatherspoon Museum, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. He is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, where he will have a one-person exhibition from October 26 through December 9, 2017.

Checklist of contemporary works

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