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Young, Gifted, and Black Makes its World Premiere at OSilas Gallery

OSilas Gallery at Concordia College New York has opened Young, Gifted, and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, co-curated by writer and critic Antwaun Sargent and collection curator and artist Matt Wycoff. On the evening of September 24th, the collectors, curators and several of the featured artists were among 200 guests on hand to celebrate the world premiere of this exceptional exhibition of works created by artists of African descent, on show through December 7, 2019.

Young, Gifted, and Black is drawn exclusively from the highly regarded private collection of Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi. Although many works in the Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection have been lent to museums over the years, Young, Gifted, and Black is the first stand-alone public exhibition curated exclusively from this outstanding collection. This exhibition showcases works in a variety of mediums by emerging artists of African descent, alongside works by established artists who paved the way for the younger generation.  The exhibition features over 40 important early–career works created during the last 35 years. Young, Gifted, and Black will travel to other galleries and museums across the nation after the show closes at OSilas Gallery.

Collector Bernard Lumpkin said: “The exhibition brings to public view the works of artists in the exciting, formative stage of their careers. In fact, many of the works were created by artists at the age Concordia students are now. Over the exhibit’s run I plan to be back and will bring others to see it in this unique context and among members of Concordia’s community.”

Featured Artists

Derrick Adams · Tunji Adeniyi-Jones · Sadie Barnette · Kevin Beasley · Jordan Casteel · Bethany Collins · Latoya Ruby Frazier · Ellen Gallagher · Cy Gavin · Alteronce Gumby · Allison Janae Hamilton · David Hammons · Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle · Lonnie Holley · Rashid Johnson · Samuel Levi Jones · Deana Lawson · Glenn Ligon · Eric N. Mack · Kerry James Marshall · Wardell Milan · Jennifer Packer · Adam Pendleton · Adrian Piper · Paul Mpagi Sepuya · Gerald Sheffield · Lorna Simpson · Sable Elyse Smith · Vaughn Spann · Tavares Strachan · Henry Taylor · Chiffon Thomas · Mickalene Thoma s · William Villalongo · Kara Walker · D’Angelo Lovell Williams · Wilmer Wilson IV · Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

The exhibition is free and open to the public, however groups of eight or more are requested to make advance reservations to view the show with Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at [email protected]. Gallery hours are Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 12 pm – 5 pm, Thursday 12 pm – 7 pm, Saturday 2 pm – 5 pm and by appointment by contacting the Executive Director.

OSilas Gallery is located on the campus of Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library. Free parking is available on campus and is accessible via entry on Concordia Place off of White Plains Road. For more information on exhibitions and a full listing of gallery events, please see osilasgallery.org.

OSilas Gallery integrates the visual arts into the cultural and educational life of the Concordia College campus and surrounding community by providing quality exhibitions and programs that are diverse in style, content and media; memorable, thought-provoking and spiritually enriching; and of artistic originality, integrity and excellence.