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KESHA BRUCE | A Picture Gallery of the Soul | Katherine E. Nash Gallery | University of Minnesota

23 Sep

Katherine E. Nash Gallery


A Black man looks directly at an old fashioned 1960's camera snapping a self-portrait.

Kwame Brathwaite
Untitled (Kwame Brathwaite Self Portrait at AJASS Studios), 1964 c., printed 2016
Archival pigment print, mounted and framed, 30 x 30 in, 76.2 x 76.2 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles.

Photographic portrait of a young Black woman with bright red braids looks serenely at the camera as she tilts her head slightly to the side.

Salimah Ali (born 1954)
Dare (Portrait of Ugochi Egonu), 2019. Pigmented inkjet print.
Image 20 × 13 ³/₈ in. (50.8 × 34 cm), sheet 22 × 15 ³/₈ in. (55.9 × 39.1 cm).
Courtesy of the artist.

Six photographic images arranged in the shape of a cross feature a woman, at times standing or seated in a living room, in various garments and poses.

Anthony Barboza (born 1944)
Requiem of Rain, 2014. Pigmented digital prints.
Each image 16 ¼ × 23 in. (41.3 × 58.4 cm), each sheet 20 × 24 in. (50.8 × 61 cm).
Courtesy of the artist.

Lola Flash, DJ Kinky.

Lola Flash (born 1959), DJ Kinky, London, 2003. From the [sur]passing series.
Pigmented inkjet print from 4 × 5 film transparency, 60 × 48 in. (152.4 × 121.9 cm).
Courtesy of the artist.

Tintype photograph of a Black woman sitting with a baby on her lap with text written directly on the right side of the photograph.

Goodridge Brothers Studio (1847 – 1922)
Gertrude Watson Goodridge and William O. Goodridge, Jr., 1883.
Inscribed in plate: “age 3 months/Taken June 18, 1883/W. O. Goodridge Jr.” Tintype, 3 ⁷/₁₆ × 2 ½ in. (8.7 × 6.4 cm).
University of Minnesota Libraries, Department of Archives and Special Collections.

Photographic portrait of a Black woman in Elizabethan dress who appears to float against a black background with the ruffles of her dress in motion.

Ayana V. Jackson (born 1977)
Consider the Sky and the Sea, 2019. From the series Take Me to the Water.
Archival pigment print on German etching paper, 46 ⁷/₈ × 42 ⁷/₈ in. (119 × 109.04 cm).
Courtesy of Mariane Ibrahim.

Photographic image of the back of a Black state trooper overlooking a white supremacist group protesting in front of a government building in South Carolina. White supremacists actively wave the confederate flag and hold up pro Ku Klux Klan signs.

Stephen Marc (born 1954) Untitled (Columbia, South Carolina), 2015.
Digital photograph/inkjet print, 16 × 24 in. (40.6 × 61 cm).
Courtesy of the artist.

Portrait of a shirtless and masked Black father, with a large scar that runs down the length of his stomach, holds his son during a gathering at George Floyd Square the Minneapolis during the summer of 2020.

Nancy Musinguzi (born 1991)
Son of Sons, 2020.
Pigmented inkjet print, image 63 ½ × 42 in. (161.3 × 106.7 cm), sheet 63 ½ × 42 in. (161.3 × 106.7 cm).
Courtesy of the artist.

Photographic self-portrait of a Black woman from the nose down with bare shoulders who holds a sparkly polka dot fabric draped from her mouth to create a triangular shape that covers her body from view.

Keisha Scarville (born 1975)
Untitled, 2016. From the series Surrogate Skin.
Archival inkjet print, 36 × 30 in. (91.4 × 76.2 cm).
Courtesy of the artist and Higher Pictures Generation, New York.

Photographic portrait of Minnesota’s first African American lawyer, Frederick Lamar McGhee, dressed in a suit and bowtie.

Harry Shepherd (1856–?)
Frederick (or Fredrick) L. McGhee ( 1861–1912), ca. 1890.
Digital copy of cabinet photograph, 6 ¼ × 4 ¼ in. (15.9 × 10.8 cm).
Minnesota Historical Society. por 11265 r2.

Photographic portrait of African American conceptual artist David Hammons seen shirtless and bent over holding his hands together in his Los Angeles studio.

Bruce W. Talamon (born 1949)
David Hammons Slauson Avenue Studio, Los Angeles, 1974. From the Body Print Series. Digital gelatin silver print, image 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm), sheet 24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm).
Copyright 2021 Bruce W. Talamon.
All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of the artist.

An array of layered photographs featuring an urban cityscape covered with advertisements including the 1999 “I am Nas” album cover featuring the Black musician wearing prosthetics and makeup to mimic the mask of Tutankhamun.

​​Shawn Walker (born 1940)
From Be-Bop to Illusion #1, 2010.
Pigmented inkjet print, image 12 ½ × 19 in. (31.8 × 48.3 cm), sheet 16 × 24 in. (40.6 × 61 cm).
Courtesy of the artist.Next

A Picture Gallery of the Soul
September 13 – December 10, 2022

Rightly viewed, the whole soul of man is a sort of picture gallery, a grand panorama, in which all the great facts of the universe, in tracing things of time and things of eternity, are painted. — Frederick Douglass

About the Exhibition
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery presents A Picture Gallery of the Soul, a group exhibition of over 100 Black American artists whose practice incorporates the photographic medium. Sampling a range of photographic expressions from traditional photography to mixed media and conceptual art and spanning a timeframe that includes the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, the exhibition honors, celebrates, investigates, and interprets Black history, culture, and politics in the United States.

From the daguerreotypes made by Jules Lion in New Orleans in 1840 to the Instagram post of the Baltimore Uprising made by Devin Allen in 2015, photography has chronicled Black American life and Black Americans have defined the possibilities of photography. Frederick Douglass, a former enslaved person, and nationally prominent abolitionist recognized the quick, easy and inexpensive reproducibility of photography. He presciently developed a theoretical framework for understanding the implications of photography on public discourse in a series of four lectures. The exhibition title comes from Douglass’ Lecture on Pictures, delivered in Boston in 1861 during the Civil War.

Related Exhibitions
Gordon Parks High School Student Scholar Projects
September 13 – October 8
Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art

The Eyes See What the Heart Feels: From the Archives of Photographer & Painter Adger Cowans
September 12, 2022 – January 31, 2023 at the Elmer L. Andersen Library

Panel Discussion with Adger Cowans and guests | Thursday, Sept 22 | 9:30 – 11:00 am Elmer L. Andersen Library, Rm 120, Register here
Reception | Wednesday, Sept 21, 5:30-8:30 pm Elmer L. Andersen Library

Related Events
Public Program | Thursday, Sept 22 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm CDT | InFlux Space, Regis Center for Art

Presentation with the exhibition curators and guest speakers
Cornell University Professor Cheryl Finley and photographer Adger Cowans
Event Registration Now Closed – Maximum Attendance Reached

Public Reception | Thursday, Sept 22 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm CDT|Katherine E. Nash Gallery
Come celebrate with the curators and visiting guests
RSVP required:

Spoken Word Event | Wednesday, Oct 12 |12:15 pm CDT | InFlux Space, Regis Center for Art
Program with Ty Chapman, Keno Evol, and Andrea Jenkins
RSVP required:
Also join us for a tour of the exhibition after the Spoken Word event at 2:00 PM

Writers Reading Event | Thursday, Nov 17 | 12:15 pm CDT | InFlux Space, Regis Center for Art
Program with Mary Moore Easter, G.E. Patterson, and Davu Seru
RSVP required:

Artists in the Exhibition
Salimah Ali, Devin Allen, The Rev. Henry Clay Anderson, Jean Andre Antoine, Thomas E. Askew, Radcliffe Bailey, J. P. Ball, John L. Banks, Anthony Barboza, Ronald Barboza, Miranda Barnes, C. M. Battey, James “Jimmy” Baynes, Endia Beal, Arthur P. Bedou, Hugh Bell, Dawoud Bey, Mark Blackshear, Kwame Brathwaite, Sheila Pree Bright, George O. Brown, Nakeya Brown, Kesha Bruce, Crystal Z Campbell, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Micaiah Carter, Charles Chamblis, Vanessa Charlot, Albert Chong, Tiffany L. Clark, Mark Clennon, Tameca Cole, Florestine Perrault Collins, Bill Cottman, Adger Cowans, Gerald Cyrus, Louis Draper, Barbara DuMetz, Mara Duvra, John Edmonds, Dudley Edmondson, Cydni Elledge, Awol Erizku, Nona Faustine, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Al Fennar, Alanna Fields, Lola Flash, Krista Franklin, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Russell Frederick, Tia-Simone Gardner, Courtney Garvin, Bill Gaskins, John F. Glanton, Tony Gleaton, Goodridge Brothers, Kris Graves, Walter Griffin, Allison Janae Hamilton, Lucius W. Harper, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Daesha Devón Harris, L. Kasimu Harris, LeRoy Henderson, Jon Henry, Chester Higgins, Bobby Holland, Mildred Howard, Earlie Hudnall, Ayana V. Jackson, Frank Jackson, Leslie Jean-Bart, Rashid Johnson, Caroline Kent, Dionne Lee, Fern Logan, Stephen Marc, Robert H. McNeill, Ozier Muhammad, Nancy Musinguzi, Bruce Palaggi, Gordon Parks, Ebony G. Patterson, Howardena Pindell, John Pinderhughes, Carl Robert Pope, Jr., Deborah Roberts, Herb Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Keris Salmon, Keisha Scarville, Addison N. Scurlock, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jamel Shabazz, Harry Shepherd, Coreen Simpson, Lorna Simpson, Marvin and Morgan Smith, Ming Smith, Jovan C. Speller, Bruce W. Talamon, Elnora and Arthur Chester Teal, Hank Willis Thomas, Richard A. Twine, James Van Der Zee, Shawn Walker, Augustus Washington, Carrie Mae Weems, Carla Williams, Deborah Willis.

Exhibition Catalog
The exhibition catalog provides additional context on the connections between Black American history and culture and the photographic process. Co-published with University of California Press, the catalog includes a full-page image, statement, and biography for each artist in conjunction with essays by prominent scholars and artists Cheryl Finley, crystal am nelson, Seph Rodney, and Deborah Willis. The U of M Bookstore now has the book in stock.

The organizers gratefully acknowledge The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Kate and Stuart Nielsen, Metropolitan Picture Framing, BluDot and The Givens Foundation for African American Literature, whose generous support has made this project possible.

The exhibition is organized by independent curator Herman J. Milligan, Jr. and Howard Oransky, Director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. It includes a display of related historical material curated by University Librarian Deborah Ultan and a program of recorded music curated by Herman J. Milligan, Jr. A Picture Gallery of the Soul is co-sponsored by the Department of African American & African Studies, the Department of Art History, the Department of History, the Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative, the Office for Public Engagement, the Imagine Fund, and the University Libraries, including the Archie Givens Sr. Collection of African American Literature.

Available Artwork by KESHA BRUCE.