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Revisiting 5 + 1

November 10, 2022 - February 23, 2023

Events and more information to follow. 


Opening in November, Revisiting 5+1 is a reflection on the 1969 exhibition 5+1, curated by Frank Bowling at Stony Brook University, at the junction of abstract art, racial and gender politics, and student activism during the 1960s. The 2022 exhibition will present works by the original six Black abstract artists, all who were men, alongside Howardena Pindell, Distinguished Professor of Art at Stony Brook, and five other women artists of color who will be selected in collaboration with Pindell. Reexamining the original 5+1, which coincided with the first courses in Black Studies and a period of campus wide racial unrest, it will also include archival ephemera to present a microhistory of the conception, reception, and context of racial campus activism to contextualize the original 5+1 exhibition.

Revisiting 5+1 is curated by Stony Brook University Art History PhD candidates Elise Armani, Amy Kahng, and Gabriella Shypula in consultation with Distinguished Professor of Art Howardena Pindell and under the guidance of Distinguished Professor and Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art Katy Siegel and Director and Curator of the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery Karen Levitov. 


For the original 5 + 1 catalog, click here.