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Announcing New Exhibition: Dewey Crumpler: Life Studies

June 03, 2024 David C. Driskell Center for the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora

Painting by Dewey Crumpler

Mark your Calendar! Exhibition Opening September 6th, 2024 from 5-7 PM


Dewey Crumpler: Life Studies is Crumpler's first solo show at The Driskell Center.

Dewey Crumpler's current work examines issues of globalization/ cultural co-modification through the integration of digital imagery, video and traditional painting techniques.

The exhibition will feature Crumpler’s ongoing study of shipping containers, by way of tulips. Both of these forms arrive at Crumpler as objects central to the story of capitalism and the global transport of goods. Crumpler investigates how tulips and containers inform and deform the way we think about the long history of racialized capitalism. In Crumpler’s hands, these organic bodies and industrial tools transform into deep meditations on the aesthetics of financial systems, and how those systems themselves have roots in the transatlantic slave trade. Crumpler invites us to attune our vision, to look as if searching for the clues that connect these forms to the dynamic and complex story of the Black radical tradition.

Dewey Crumpler, BONE, 2017, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 74X74". Photo credit: Yosef Kalinin