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Lubaina Himid in Conversation with Curator Natalie Bell

Cover Image:

Lubaina Himid, Why Are You Looking…, 2018. Acrylic on paper, 28 3/8 × 40 1/8 in (72 × 102 cm). Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens. Photo: Gavin Renshaw

Video of the conversation is available to view.

Join us for a special conversation between artist Lubaina Himid and Associate Curator Natalie Bell on the occasion of the exhibition “Lubaina Himid: Work From Underneath.” This exhibition, featuring a new body of works, marks the first US solo exhibition for the British artist, who was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize in 2017.

A pioneer of the British Black Arts Movement of the 1980s and ’90s, Himid has long championed marginalized histories. Her drawings, paintings, sculptures, and textile works critique the consequences of colonialism and question the invisibility of people of color in art and the media. While larger historical narratives are often the driving force behind her images and installations, Himid’s works beckon viewers by attending to the unmonumental details of daily life. Bright, graphic, and rich in color and symbolic referents, her images recall history paintings and eighteenth-century British satirical cartoons. In many works, the presence of language and poetry—sometimes drawn from the work of writers such as Audre Lorde, Essex Hemphill, or James Baldwin—punctuates the silence of her images with commands, instructions, or utterances that are at once stark and tender. The exhibition’s title, “Work from Underneath,” borrows from the dictums of health and safety manuals but doubles as a subversive proclamation. With the sculptures, paintings, textiles, and sound works that will comprise the exhibition, Himid examines how language and architecture generate a sense of danger, safety, fragility, or stability.

We would also like to invite you to join us at 3:00 pm for a conversation between artist Marta Minujín, Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director, and Associate Curator Helga Christoffersen, on the occasion of the exhibition “Marta Minujín: Menesunda Reloaded.”

For tickets to both conversations with Marta Minujín and Lubaina Humid:
General Admission, both talks: $25
Members, both talks: $20

For tickets to the Lubaina Himid conversation only:
General Admission, single talk: $15
Members, single talk: $10

CART captioning will be available at this program.

The New Museum is wheelchair accessible; learn more about access services and amenities here. To request accommodations, please email or call 212.219.1222 ×235 at least three weeks in advance.


Artist talks at the New Museum are generously supported by The Charlotte and Bill Ford Artist Talks Fund.

Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

CART captioning services is provided, in part, by a grant from NYSCA/TDF TAP Plus.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Full support for “Lubaina Himid: Work From Underneath” can be viewed here.

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