Friday, February 3, 2023
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
This exhibition features Brown’s series of five monumental works on paper titled The Actress: A Drawing in Five Parts, a recent gift to the Museum. The series explores the emotive progression of a stage performance by actor Jillian O’Brien. Homing in on Brown’s interests in Black expression, performance, and creativity, this exhibition turns a lens on his unique, experimental, and powerful practice of portraiture.
Drawing from his African American and Native American ancestry, as well as a breadth of knowledge in art-historical traditions, Brown engaged with American history and music, the urban fabric, religion, and spirituality. Together, the artworks on view present a visual performance in painting that captures the dynamic spectrum of emotion embedded in the creative process.
Born in Georgia and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Brown divided his time between New York City and Phoenix, Arizona. His loft studio, located at 120 Wooster Street in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, became a central gathering place for artists, musicians, writers, dancers, and performance artists. There, he collaborated with jazz musicians like Ornette Coleman and Anthony Braxton, and Abstract Expressionist painter Willem De Kooning, among others.
Brown’s work is in public and private art collections throughout the world, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.
The exhibition will feature interpretive content and a new essay by American art historian and curator Lowery Stokes Sims.
Event Location and Ticket Information
Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
Handicap Accessible? Yes
Date: Friday, February 3, 2023
Times: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Presenter: Hudson River Museum
Presenter Phone: (914) 963-4550
Presenter Website: www.hrm.org