“The exhibition, curated by the renowned London-based designer, will spotlight the rich tapestry of Black cultural and aesthetic practices.”
Grace Wales Bonner’s Unique Curatorial Vision The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is set to present an extraordinary exhibition called “Artist’s Choice: Grace Wales Bonner—Spirit Movers.” This exhibition, curated by the London-based designer behind the eponymous fashion label Wales Bonner, promises a rich display of approximately 50 works from the museum’s collection, all centered around the vibrant styles, experiences, forms, and sounds of the African diaspora.
A Global Roster of Featured Artists The exhibition boasts a diverse lineup of artists from around the globe and across generations. Notable names such as Terry Adkins, Moustapha Dimé, Agnes Martin, Man Ray, Betye Saar, and David Hammons are among the featured artists.
Thematic Focus and Artistic Interpretation Wales Bonner’s in-depth research into MoMA’s Archives has guided her careful selection of artworks for display, all revolving around themes of musicality, storytelling, and the fusion of cultural narratives. The exhibition seeks to showcase art as dynamic entities deeply intertwined with performance, music, bodies, and communion, thereby emphasizing art’s living essence.
A Complementary Artist’s Book Alongside the exhibition, MoMA will publish an artist’s book titled “Grace Wales Bonner: Dream in the Rhythm—Visions of Sound and Spirit in the MoMA Collection.” This unique volume, curated by Wales Bonner herself, weaves together nearly 80 works from the museum’s collection and Archives into a multisensory experience, combining images, poems, music, performance, and more.
Praise for Wales Bonner The exhibition curator, Michelle Kuo, has commended Wales Bonner for her ability to transform style from mere surface detail into profound structure, exploring deep historical narratives, cultural identities, and diasporic connections.
Exhibition Dates and Location The exhibition is slated to be on view from November 18, 2023, to April 7, 2024, at MoMA’s street-level galleries. This is one for the calendars of all art lovers and cultural enthusiasts.