Curated by Vera Ingrid Grant

with a special installation by architect David Adjaye


THE WOVEN ARC explores the visual dialogues between an unusual selection of artworks not usually posed in conversation with each other: figurative and abstract sculptures, paintings, prints, and textiles, along with mixed media and performance-based video. Three artworks from our permanent collection—a Yinka Shonibare Food Faerie, a Nick Cave Soundsuit, and a conceptual piece by Peter Sacks—inspired us to consider other artworks that vibrate and move with sumptuous surfaces, embedded texts, an overt and oblique presence of the black body, and our historical legacies of the African and African American experience. 

We feature artworks by El Anatsui, Nick Cave, Glenn Ligon, Grace Ndiritu, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Peter Sacks, Yinka Shonibare, and Lina Viktor. They share charged, tangential and symbolic aesthetics that resonate across the galleries. The works are activated by an array of legacy textiles and hats, selected by David Adjaye—installation in collaboration with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. 

We contemplate this gathered assemble of radiating texts, surfaces, patterns, and textures at play. We draw metaphors from their knotted or hanging junctures. We ponder their strategic gestures and commentary on social illusions, authenticities, and exclusions. Join us for our interwoven narratives that weave new stories and spin new tales.