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THE WOVEN ARC explored 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. 

 
 

Installation Views

We featured 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 were activated by an array of legacy textiles and hats, selected by David Adjaye.

We contemplated this gathered assemble of radiating texts, surfaces, patterns, and textures at play. We drew metaphors from their knotted or hanging junctures. We pondered their strategic gestures and commentary on social illusions, authenticities, and exclusions. We enjoyed the interwoven narratives that weaved new stories and spun new tales. 

Curated by Vera Ingrid Grant with a special installation by architect David Adjaye in collaboration with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. 

Join us for our interwoven narratives that weave new stories and spin new tales.