Thursday 05/20/21 4PM
Conversations · Exhibition-Related

Howardena Pindell in Conversation with Margot Norton

Cover Image:

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.

Accessibility: This program will be live captioned. We strive to make our programs as accessible as possible. For full accessibility information, including services available by request, please click here.

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.


Lead support for “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” is provided by the Ford Foundation.

Major support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Agnes Gund.

New Museum Digital Initiatives are generously supported by Hermine and David B. Heller.

Generous ongoing support is provided 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.

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.

Support of artist participation is provided by Laura Skoler.

Additional support for education and community programs is provided by the American Chai Trust.

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

A full list of support for “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” can be viewed here.

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