Curated by Mark Thomas Gibson and William Villalongo
October 6 - December 19, 2016 at IPCNY
On tour through April 2018, details below.
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
February 2 -
April 29, 2018
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
Black Pulp! 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.
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.
Open the full press release (.pdf)
Frieze, Black Pulp!
Art in America, Black Pulp!
The New York Times, Chelsea Gallery Guide
Hyperallergic, Black Identity Seen The Lens of Pulp Stories
Huffington Post, Black Pulp! A Walk Through an African-American Time Capsule at IPCNY
The Creators' Project , A Century of Pulp Fiction Offers a Window into Black Identity
Bedford and Bowery - Juicy Exhibit Shows Pulp’s ‘Unique Power’ to Explore Black Identity
300 Arts Project, A Word on Black Pulp! with William Villalongo
About the curators
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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