Cinque Gallery Interview Series:
Robin Holder and Nanette Carter in Conversation

In conjunction with our upcoming special exhibit, Creating Community. Cinque Gallery Artists (May 3-July 4, 2021), The Art Students League public programming for spring 2021 presents the Cinque Gallery Interview Series.

Program Curator Nanette Carter interviews several of the artists who exhibited at Cinque gallery and who will also participate in the upcoming exhibition. The artists will share their personal connection to the Cinque gallery through anecdotal stories and experiences, as well as discuss the artwork included in the exhibition. The interviews address the artist’s present work and art practice.

The Cinque Gallery was founded in 1969 by artists and League alumni, Romare Bearden (1911–1988), Ernest Crichlow (1914–2005), and Norman Lewis (1909–1979) to exhibit the work of both new and established African–American artists, and to provide community educational programs. The gallery was named after Joseph Cinqué, the leader of the Amistad slave ship mutiny of the 1830s. For more than three decades, Cinque sponsored more than 300 exhibitions in a number of New York City venues. This ground-breaking exhibition will celebrate a diverse selection of late twentieth century and contemporary artists who participated from 1969 – 2004 in this pioneering artist collaborative enterprise. The Art Students League and The Romare Bearden Foundation have partnered to present this unprecedented tribute.

Artist Robin Holder
Robin Holder’s social justice work centers on complexities of race, class and religion. Her 2020 exhibit Access and Inequities. I Hear You. Do You See Me?  featured works exploring Identity conflicts. California Lutheran University will present a comprehensive exhibition of her work in Spring 2021.

Holder has presented one person exhibitions at the Mobile Museum of Art, The NCCU Art Museum, The David C. Driskell Center, The Labor Museum, and The Spelman College Museum. She was awarded an Individual Artist Grant by The Brooklyn Arts Council and a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Artist as Catalyst Residency. She has completed 5 public art commissions and Her work is included in significant collections including the Library of Congress and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Website

Nanette Carter, Guest Program Curator

Nanette Carter majored in Studio Art and Art History at Oberlin College in Ohio and received her BA in 1976. During her junior year she studied abroad in Italy and traveled extensively in Europe.

When she returned Nanette studied at Pratt Institute of Art and received her MFA 1978. For the last 19 years she has taught at Pratt and today she is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Art and teaches Drawing/ Mixed Media courses. Over the years she has received many Awards, Grants, Residencies and Fellowships. Her first residency was with Cinque in 1984. Which lead to a sholo show in 1985. Later she was the first woman to be invited to be on the Cinque Artistic Board which consisted of all black artists.

Her works are in many Museums and Corporate Collections across the country. She has had solo shows in Cuba, Japan, Italy, Syria and across the United States and she is currently represented by Skoto Gallery in Chelsea and Ami Kanoko Gallery in Japan. Website

Thank you to our institutional partner The Romare Bearden Foundation for their support.

Thank you to NYC Cultural Affairs for their support.NYC Cultural Affairs Logo


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