Exhibitions

Creating Community. Cinque Gallery Artists

Creating Community. Cinque Gallery Artists

Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, 2nd floor
May 3 – July 4, 2021
Monday-Friday 10 am – 6 pm

The Art Students League of New York, in partnership with the Romare Bearden Foundation, is honored to present Creating Community. Cinque Gallery Artists on view May 3–July 4, 2021. The exhibition is the first introductory survey to focus on Cinque Gallery, the innovative non-profit artists’ space dedicated to promoting the achievements of Black artists from its founding in 1969 until its closure in 2004. The exhibition celebrates a diverse selection of late twentieth century and contemporary artists who participated in this pioneering collaborative enterprise and highlights the interconnected histories of the artists of Cinque Gallery and The Art Students League.

Norman Wilfred Lewis, Untitled

Founded in 1969 by three master League artists, Romare Bearden (1911 – 1988), Ernest Crichlow (1914 – 2005), and Norman Lewis (1909 – 1979), Cinque Gallery was created to “provide a place where the works of unknown, and neglected artists of talent…” primarily minority artists “would not only be shown but nurtured and developed.” (Excerpts. 1969 Cinque Gallery by-laws) The artist-led, nonprofit space fostered a mutually supportive community of artists young and mature, exhibiting the work of new and established African American artists for nearly four decades. Relying on a series of volunteers, Cinque Gallery hosted solo, group, and touring exhibitions, presenting artwork by approximately 450 artists in its 35-year history and was known for its lively receptions and social events attracting writers, musicians, actors, and artists. Named after Joseph Cinqué, the leader of the Amistad slave ship mutiny of the 1830s, the Gallery was initially located in a space offered by Joseph Papp’s New York Public Theatre. Cinque then later moved to various venues, before finally re-locating in 1988 to 560 Broadway in Soho, where it remained until its closing in 2004.

Creating Community. Cinque Gallery Artists is organized by guest curator and arts administrator Susan Stedman, a long-time Cinque Gallery associate and chronicler, alongside artist, educator, and Cinque’s first artist in residence, Nanette Carter. The exhibition features paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculptures, and archival documents drawn from loans and the League’s permanent collection, and is part of Stedman’s ongoing oral history project illuminating the achievements of several generations of artists. This exhibition features works by:

Robert H. Blackburn, Untitled

Charles Alston, Emma Amos, Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Dawoud Bey, Camille Billops, Robert Blackburn. Betty Blayton-Taylor, Frank Bowling, Vivian Browne, Nanette Carter, Elizabeth Catlett-Mora, Edward Clark, Ernest Crichlow, Melvin Edwards, Tom Feelings, Sam Gilliam, Ray Grist. Cynthia Hawkins, Robin Holder, Bill Hutson, Mohammad Omar Khalil, Hughie Lee-Smith, Norman Lewis, Whitfield Lovell, Alvin D. Loving, Richard Mayhew, Howard McCalebb, Norma Morgan, Otto Neals, Ademola Olugebefola, Debra Priestly, Mavis Pusey, Ann Tanksley, Mildred Thompson, Charles White, Ben Wigfall,  Frank Wimberley, Hale Woodruff.

“The League is honored to present Creating Community: Cinque Gallery Artists, paying tribute to this important collaborative enterprise and the contributions of its artists, including many former League instructors and students,” said Michael Hall, the League’s Artistic & Executive Director. “The mission of the League reflects that of Cinque in terms of ethos and access – a platform created by artists to develop and showcase the work of other artists and foster a creative community through mentorship. In this spirit, we are committed to providing accessibility for the next generation of artists and cultural producers through our affordable classes and free programs.”

Creating Community. Cinque Gallery Artists is supplemented by a series of online public programs and recent artist interviews organized by Guest Program Curator, Nanette Carter. The talks are available to view online and feature artists including Ray Grist, Frank Wimberley, Robin Holder, and Otto Neals, among others. An illustrated exhibition catalog features never-before exhibited archival images and documents with contributions from Cinque Gallery artists. Presentation of the exhibition was assisted by The League’s inaugural curatorial fellow, Jewel Ham. The objective of The League’s Curatorial Fellowship Program is to provide quality experiences and mentorship for graduate students from backgrounds generally underrepresented in the arts and to facilitate their transition from academic to professional careers.

2/10/21:  The Origins of “Creating Community: Cinque Gallery Artists”
2/24/21:  Artist Ray Grist Interviewed by Nanette Carter
3/29/21:  Artist Robin Holder Interviewed by Nanette Carter
4/7/21:  Artist Otto Neals Interviewed by Nanette Carter
4/14/21:  Interview and Studio Visit with Artist Nanette Carter
4/21/21:  Artist Frank Wimberley Interviewed by Nanette Carter
5/17/21Constructing Black Cultural Institutions during the 60″s Civil Rights Movement, creators of institutional organizations talk about their experiences.
6/9/21: Cheryl R. Riley and League Students Reflect on Cinque Gallery’s Legacy

 

SUSAN STEDMAN , Guest Exhibition Curator, is an arts administrator, grants and foundations director, and advisor to museums, arts and social justice organizations.  An independent curator, she also lectures and manages art collections and artists’ estates

 

 

 

NANETTE CARTER , Guest Program Curator, is an artist who presently teaches art at Pratt
Institute in Brooklyn. Her paintings and drawings can be found in the collections of the Studio
Museum in Harlem; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; The Newark Museum; The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and many others. Carter had a solo exhibition at Cinque Gallery and served on its artistic advisory committee, 1988-1994, and on the board of the Harlem School of the Arts, 2002 – 2006.

 

THE ROMARE BEARDEN FOUNDATION, institutional partner of “Creating Community, was established in 1990 as a non-profit organization by the estate of Romare Bearden (1911-1988) to preserve and perpetuate the legacy of the preeminent American artist. After Cinque Gallery closed, the Foundation created the Cinque Artists Program to perpetuate Bearden’s legacy of support by providing a platform for artists and curators to present their work. This contemporary program celebrates the vision of the founders and artists who were a part of its history.

 

JEWEL HAM, Inaugural League Curatorial Fellow, is a 2020 Summa Cum Laude Howard University graduate, with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. As a working visual artist, Jewel is interested in the production, curation, and distribution of fine art alike. Her work intends to increase visual arts accessibility within Black and Brown communities and promote development of sustainable opportunities in related fields.

 

 

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Charles Alston Red, White and Black, ca. 1960

Charles Alston Red, White and Black, ca. 1960

Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 in. Permanent Collection of The Art Students League (Student at ASL 1954-66, Instructor at ASL 1950)

Emma Amos, On Top of the World, 1996

Emma Amos, On Top of the World, 1996

Silk aquatint with textile chine-collé, 30 x 22 ½ in. Courtesy K. Caraccio Collection

Benny Andrews, Growing Up, 1974

Benny Andrews, Growing Up, 1974

Etching 34/35, 30 x 22 in. Courtesy Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art

Romare Bearden, Culture: Hartford Mural, 1980

Romare Bearden, Culture: Hartford Mural, 1980

Collage on fiber board, 18 x 12 in. Courtesy DC Moore Gallery, New York (Student at ASL, Honorary Member 1974, Lectured at ASL 1984)

Romare Bearden, Near Three Rivers - Martinique, 1984

Romare Bearden, Near Three Rivers - Martinique, 1984

Collage on fiber board, 11 ¾ x 8 in. Courtesy DC Moore Gallery, New York (Student at ASL, Honorary Member 1974, Lectured at ASL 1984)

Dawoud Bey, A Man Walking Into a Parking Garage, 1981

Dawoud Bey, A Man Walking Into a Parking Garage, 1981

Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 in. Courtesy Stephen Daiter Gallery

Camille Billops, Mondo Negro III, 2000

Camille Billops, Mondo Negro III, 2000

Etching 2/20, 17 x 15 in. sheet, 8 x 7 ½ in. image Courtesy Susan Stedman and Alfred E. Prettyman

Robert Blackburn, Youth, 1944

Robert Blackburn, Youth, 1944

Lithograph, 10 ⅜ x 12 ½ in. Permanent Collection of The Art Students League (Student at ASL 1939)

Betty Blayton-Taylor, Detours #3, 1998

Betty Blayton-Taylor, Detours #3, 1998

Monoprint, 19 ½ x 28 in. Courtesy William Burgess II, The Burgess Fine Arts Collection (Studied at ASL 1961-62)

Frank Bowling, AHAA AHEAD!, 2013

Frank Bowling, AHAA AHEAD!, 2013

Etching 13/30, 29 ½ x 22 ½ in. Courtesy Susan Stedman and Alfred E. Prettyman

Vivian Browne, Horseman, 1974

Vivian Browne, Horseman, 1974

Etching 34/35, 30 x 22 in. Courtesy Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art

Nanette Carter, Cantilevered #39, 2018

Nanette Carter, Cantilevered #39, 2018

Oil on mylar, 15 ½ x 21 ¾ in. Courtesy Nanette Carter

Elizabeth Catlett-Mora, Glory, 1981

Elizabeth Catlett-Mora, Glory, 1981

Cast bronze, 14 x 9 ½ x 10 in. Courtesy Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art

Edward Clark, Yucatan Series "Green", 1979

Edward Clark, Yucatan Series "Green", 1979

Relief etching, ed. 30, 28 ¾ x 34 in. Courtesy K. Caraccio Collection (Studied at ASL 1949-51)

Ernest Crichlow, The Strengths of Black Families, c. 1970-73

Ernest Crichlow, The Strengths of Black Families, c. 1970-73

Oil on board, 15 x 10 in. Courtesy Alfred E. Prettyman (Instructor at ASL 1980-94)

Ernest Crichlow, Head of a Woman, 1990

Ernest Crichlow, Head of a Woman, 1990

Oil on board, 20 x 15 in. Courtesy Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art (Instructor at ASL 1980-94)

Melvin Edwards, Holder of the Light, 1985

Melvin Edwards, Holder of the Light, 1985

Stainless steel, 11 ½ x 7 x 14 in. Courtesy Susan Stedman and Alfred E. Prettyman

Tom Feelings Middle Passage Series, 1987

Tom Feelings Middle Passage Series, 1987

Lithograph 128/560, 17 ½ x 19 ½ in. Courtesy Alfred E. Prettyman

Sam Gilliam, Square Space II, 1987

Sam Gilliam, Square Space II, 1987

Mixed media collage with etching and aquatint. Ed 50, 41 ¼ x 40 ¼ in. Courtesy Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art

Ray Grist, Untitled, 1969

Ray Grist, Untitled, 1969

Oil on canvas. 52 x 59 in. Courtesy Ray Grist (Studied at ASL 1959)

Cynthia Hawkins, Plato’s Cave, 1988-89

Cynthia Hawkins, Plato’s Cave, 1988-89

Oil on canvas, 57 x 77 in. Courtesy Kenkeleba House (Studied at ASL 1969-70 and 1981-82)

Robin Holder, No Toy Guns, 1998

Robin Holder, No Toy Guns, 1998

Monoprint with stencils and Prismacolors, 32 x 44 in. Courtesy Robin Holder (Studied at ASL 1969-70)

Bill Hutson, Ten Series #10, 1991

Bill Hutson, Ten Series #10, 1991

Acrylic on paper, mounted on board, 60 x 40 in. Gift of the artist, Courtesy Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College

Mohammad Omar Khalil, Homage to Miro I and IV, 1985

Mohammad Omar Khalil, Homage to Miro I and IV, 1985

Etching and transfer 25/25, 7 x 10 in. Courtesy Mohammad Omar Khalil

Hughie Lee-Smith, Abandoned, 1986

Hughie Lee-Smith, Abandoned, 1986

Oil on canvas, 37 ¼ x 47 ¼ in. Permanent Collection of The Art Students League (Instructor at ASL 1972-85)

Norman Lewis, Untitled, 1976

Norman Lewis, Untitled, 1976

Oil on canvas, 50 ⅛ x 72 ⅛ in. Permanent Collection of The Art Students League (Studied at ASL 1958-63, Instructor at ASL 1972-79)

Norman Lewis, Red Umbrella, 1970

Norman Lewis, Red Umbrella, 1970

Etching 6/25, 11 x 15 in. Courtesy Susan Stedman and Alfred E. Prettyman (Studied at ASL 1958-63, Instructor at ASL 1972-79)

Whitfield Lovell, Hand XXII, 1995

Whitfield Lovell, Hand XXII, 1995

Oil stick and charcoal on paper, 54 x 40 ¼ in. Courtesy DC Moore Gallery, New York

Alvin Loving, Home, 2003

Alvin Loving, Home, 2003

Acrylic on rag paper, mounted on Plexiglas, 13 x 12 in. Courtesy Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art (Instructor at ASL 1998-2000)

Howard McCalebb, Untitled, 1970

Howard McCalebb, Untitled, 1970

Chrome plated stainless steel, 17 x 25 x 5 in. Courtesy Susan Stedman and Alfred E. Prettyman

Richard Mayhew, Untitled, 1967

Richard Mayhew, Untitled, 1967

Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in. Permanent Collection of The Art Students League (Instructor at ASL 1965-72)

Norma Morgan, Elk Lake Adirondack Mountains, NY, 1993

Norma Morgan, Elk Lake Adirondack Mountains, NY, 1993

Engraving 6/10, 24 ½ x 50 ¾ in. Courtesy Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art (Studied at ASL 1947-55)

Otto Neals, Young General Moses, 1984

Otto Neals, Young General Moses, 1984

Maple wood, 20 x 14 x 13 in. Courtesy Otto Neals

Ademola Olugebefola, Sun Ra, 1995

Ademola Olugebefola, Sun Ra, 1995

Mixed media, 40 x 30 in. Courtesy Thomas-Matthias FC Ltd.

Debra Priestley, Mattoon #4, 2001

Debra Priestley, Mattoon #4, 2001

Mixed media on paper, 19 ¾ x 25 ½ in. Courtesy Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art

Mavis Pusey, Decaying Construction

Mavis Pusey, Decaying Construction

Silkscreen, 32 ¼ x 21 ½ in. Permanent Collection of The Art Students League (Studied at ASL 1960-65)

Ann Tanksley, Untitled, 1997

Ann Tanksley, Untitled, 1997

Silk aquatint, 11 x 14 in. Courtesy K. Caraccio Collection (Studied at ASL 1975)

Mildred Thompson, Atmospherics #2 , 2003

Mildred Thompson, Atmospherics #2 , 2003

Pastel on paper, 33 ½ x 27 ¼ in. Courtesy Kenkeleba House

Charles White, Mother (Awaiting His Return), 1945

Charles White, Mother (Awaiting His Return), 1945

Lithograph, 15 ¾ x 12 in. Permanent Collection of The Art Students League

Benjamin Wigfall, Untitled, 1971

Benjamin Wigfall, Untitled, 1971

Etching, 18 ¼ x 12 in. Courtesy Estate of Ben Wigfall

Frank Wimberley, Sand Bar, 1995

Frank Wimberley, Sand Bar, 1995

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 42 in. Courtesy Berry Campbell, New York

Hale Woodruff Blue Landscape, 1970

Hale Woodruff Blue Landscape, 1970

Oil on canvas, 37 x 49 in. Courtesy Kenkeleba House

Charles Alston Red, White and Black, ca. 1960 Emma Amos, On Top of the World, 1996 Benny Andrews, Growing Up, 1974 Romare Bearden, Culture: Hartford Mural, 1980 Romare Bearden, Near Three Rivers - Martinique, 1984 Dawoud Bey, A Man Walking Into a Parking Garage, 1981 Camille Billops, Mondo Negro III, 2000 Robert Blackburn, Youth, 1944 Betty Blayton-Taylor, Detours #3, 1998 Frank Bowling, AHAA AHEAD!, 2013 Vivian Browne, Horseman, 1974 Nanette Carter, Cantilevered #39, 2018 Elizabeth Catlett-Mora, Glory, 1981 Edward Clark, Yucatan Series Ernest Crichlow, The Strengths of Black Families, c. 1970-73 Ernest Crichlow, Head of a Woman, 1990 Melvin Edwards, Holder of the Light, 1985 Tom Feelings Middle Passage Series, 1987 Sam Gilliam, Square Space II, 1987 Ray Grist, Untitled, 1969 Cynthia Hawkins, Plato’s Cave, 1988-89 Robin Holder, No Toy Guns, 1998 Bill Hutson, Ten Series #10, 1991 Mohammad Omar Khalil, Homage to Miro I and IV, 1985 Hughie Lee-Smith, Abandoned, 1986 Norman Lewis, Untitled, 1976 Norman Lewis, Red Umbrella, 1970 Whitfield Lovell, Hand XXII, 1995 Alvin Loving, Home, 2003 Howard McCalebb, Untitled, 1970 Richard Mayhew, Untitled, 1967 Norma Morgan, Elk Lake Adirondack Mountains, NY, 1993 Otto Neals, Young General Moses, 1984 Ademola Olugebefola, Sun Ra, 1995 Debra Priestley, Mattoon #4, 2001 Mavis Pusey, Decaying Construction Ann Tanksley, Untitled, 1997 Mildred Thompson, Atmospherics #2 , 2003 Charles White, Mother (Awaiting His Return), 1945 Benjamin Wigfall, Untitled, 1971 Frank Wimberley, Sand Bar, 1995 Hale Woodruff Blue Landscape, 1970