Image: Dawoud Bey, Young Man, West 127th Street Image © Dawoud Bey,Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery

Image: Dawoud Bey, Young Man, West 127th Street Image © Dawoud Bey,Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery


Image: Dawoud Bey,  A Woman at a Parade c. 1977 Image © Dawoud Bey, Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery

Image: Dawoud Bey,  A Woman at a Parade
c. 1977 Image © Dawoud Bey, Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery

Image: Dawoud Bey, A Boy in Front of the Loew’s 125th Street Movie Theater, 1976, Image © Dawoud Bey, Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery

Image: Dawoud Bey, A Boy in Front of the Loew’s 125th Street Movie Theater, 1976, Image © Dawoud Bey, Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery

"With the exhibition Harlem: Found Ways, the Cooper Gallery presents artistic visions and engagements specific to Harlem, New York City, in the last decades." Each artwork employs a distinct set of inquiries and innovative strategies to explore the Harlem community’s visual heritage as it grapples with the challenges of gentrification. The artists have found ways—urgent, complex, intense, and mindful—to present the tangled threads of dilemma and paradox, memory and memorial, beauty and poignancy, and also instances of disruption and resilience within Harlem’s new realities. Collectively, they offer deeply thoughtful reflections and provocative portrayals of Harlem, allowing us to see it anew in this moment of transformation.

The artworks on view encompass photography, mixed media, and installation, and are anchored by photographer Dawoud Bey’s two series: the iconic “Harlem, U.S.A.,” 1975–79 and his recent series of urban landscapes “Harlem Redux,” 2014–16. A selection of works by Abigail DeVille, Glenn Ligon, Howard Tangye, Nari Ward, and Kehinde Wiley, expand and define various emergent issues in the temporal zone located between Bey’s two photographic essays. Harlem: Found Ways also features a special installation of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s project Harlem Postcards, 2000–2017. Our galleries’ pathways twist through these varying artistic perceptions and narratives of profound change.

This exhibition has been curated by Vera Ingrid Grant and features works from the new Amar Gallery; Stephen Daiter; art2art; Michel Rein; Lehmann Maupin; Roberts & Tilton; collector Tom Peters; and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Featuring Selections from the Studio Museum in Harlem "Harlem Postcards"

IMAGE (LEFT TO RIGHT): Sanford Biggers, 142nd St. Mosaic, 2010, Felicia Megginson, Suspicious Eyes, 2008, Hank Willis Thomas, Change gonna come, 2010. From Harlem Postcards, 2002-17. Courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.

IMAGE (LEFT TO RIGHT): Sanford Biggers, 142nd St. Mosaic, 2010, Felicia MegginsonSuspicious Eyes, 2008, Hank Willis ThomasChange gonna come, 2010. From Harlem Postcards, 2002-17. Courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.


Including Videos, Installations and Mixed Media

Images (Left to Right): Abigail DeVille, Harlem Stories, 2014, Video, Courtesy of the artist and Art21. Nari Ward, Sugar Hill Smiles, 2014,Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin.

Images (Left to Right): Abigail DeVille, Harlem Stories, 2014, Video, Courtesy of the artist and Art21. Nari Ward, Sugar Hill Smiles, 2014,Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin.

Installation Views

 
 

Affiliated Events

 
  • In Conversation: Dawoud Bey and Makeda Best. May 24th, 12pm.
    This event is SOLD OUT. 
  • Twilight Tour with artist Dawoud Bey
  • Closing Event with Abigail DeVille, July 15. Details to come.