Howardena Pindell, Autobiography: Water (Ancestors/Middle Passage/Family Ghosts), 1988. Acrylic and mixed mediums on canvas 118 × 71 in. (299.7 × 180.3 cm). Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1989.17.
Join us for a conversation with artist Howardena Pindell in dialogue with New Museum curator Margot Norton, Allen and Lola Goldring Curator at the New Museum.
In conjunction with the exhibition “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” the New Museum is honored to host this conversation series and highlight the practices of artists participating in this exhibition.
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Howardena Pindell (b. 1943 Philadelphia, PA) is a trailblazing artist, curator, and activist based in New York. Over her nearly sixty-year career, Pindell has become known for creating richly-textured abstract paintings using processes of deconstruction and assemblage that continuously stretch the medium’s material bounds. She has also created critical films, photographs, and performances that reflect crucial political and social issues, while also demonstrating artmaking’s potential for transformation and healing.
Pindell studied painting at Boston University (BFA) and Yale University (MFA). After graduating, she advanced through a progression of curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art, where she worked for twelve years. In 1979, she began teaching at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where she is now a full professor. Pindell has exhibited extensively throughout her career, and notable solo exhibitions include: A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY, where she was a founding member (1973 and 1983); Just Above Midtown, New York, NY (1977); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (1986); the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT (1989); Cleveland Institute of Arts, Cleveland, OH (1994); and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA (2015). Pindell was the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL titled “Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen” (2018), which traveled to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA (2018) and the Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA (2019). Her recent solo exhibition “Rope/Fire/Water” was on view at the Shed, New York, NY from October 2020–March 2021. Her work has also been featured in many museum group exhibitions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (1971); P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY (1976); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (1979); the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (1990); Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA (1996); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2007); the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY (2017); and others. Pindell’s work is in the permanent collections of museums internationally.