Beverly Buchanan, 1978-1981

Co-organized with artist Park McArthur
Book Launch & Discussion
Wednesday, March 25, 7pm
Artists Space Books & Talks
55 Walker Street, New York, New York

In 1981, Ana Mendieta organized Dialectics of Isolation: An Exhibition of Third World Women Artists of the United States at A.I.R. Gallery, a cooperative exhibition space for women located at 97 Wooster Street in Manhattan. Including works by Howardena Pindell, Senga Nengudi, and Beverly Buchanan, among others, the exhibition, in Mendieta’s words, “points not necessarily to the injustice or incapacity of a society that has not been willing to include us, but more towards a personal will to continue being ‘other.’” This public discussion starts by looking at three of Buchanan’s cast concrete works made in 1978 and included in Dialectics of Isolation. Part of a larger series titled Frustula, these sculptures complicate art historical schisms between formalism, biography, and identity. Artist Howardena Pindell, art historian Andy Campbell, and Romare Bearden Foundation co-director Diedra Harris-Kelley will take up the stakes of Buchanan’s work, which speaks to larger questions regarding the role of artist-run or cooperative spaces in New York during these years (specifically A.I.R. and Cinque Gallery), as well as the ways in which post- minimalism and site-specificities interplay with histories of marginalization.

This discussion is organized in collaboration with the launch of Beverly Buchanan 1978 – 1981, a book initiated by the artist Park McArthur. Published by Athénée Press and indexing Buchanan’s concrete sculptures for the first time, the book features a republished text by curator Lowery Stokes Sims, a poem by Alice Lovelace, and design by Jake Hobart.

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