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Todd Gray

Mapping Black Identities

February 21, 2019 - March 15, 2020
Galleries 373 and 374
Free Exhibition

Taking inspiration from Mia’s recent acquisition of Frank Bowling’s map painting False Start (1970), “Mapping Black Identities” challenges the notion of Black identity as monolithic. Championing the diverse experiences of artists from America, Africa, and the diaspora, this exhibition seeks to amplify underrepresented voices and create connections around the concept of Blackness in contemporary art across time and place.


Mapping is a colonial practice tied to painful histories of conquest and domination. Here, mapping functions as a powerful way to reclaim spaces—such as the museum—that have traditionally excluded or overlooked work by Black artists.


Igshaan Adams
Emma Amos
Kevin Beasley
Frank Bowling
Kwame Brathwaite
Elizabeth Catlett
Nick Cave 
Charles Gaines
Sam Gilliam
Todd Gray
Deana Lawson
Kerry James Marshall
Delita Martin
Julie Mehretu
J.D. 'Ohkai Ojeikere
Joe Overstreet
Cinga Samson
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye