Black Pulp! is an exhibition curated by Artists William Villalongo (Lecturer, YSA) and Mark Thomas Gibson (YSA MFA ‘13). The exhibition features rare print media, comics and contemporary art from the Black Diaspora showcasing the creative use of printed media to leverage limited notions of black subjectivity and humanity.
With contributions from Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Library, Schomburg Center, Library of Congress, and Yale University Art Gallery, Black Pulp! showcases Harlem Renaissance era periodicals such as The Crisis and Opportunity Magazines, and rare art journals such as Fire!! and Ebony & Topaz. Other print culture objects include the illustrations and artworks of Aaron Douglas, Lois Mailou Jones, Laura Wheeler, E. Simms Campbell, Eleanor Paul, Gwendolyn Bennett, Miguel Covarrubias, Winold Reiss, Charles Cullen, Richard Bruce Nugent, Owen W. Middleton, Elton Fax, Ollie Harrington, Billy Graham, Charles White, Emory Douglas, Jackie Ormes and Jacob Lawrence. Rare comics such as Lobo #1, Negro Romance and All Negro Comics will be on view.
Contemporary artists include: Derrick Adams, Laylah Ali, Fireli Baez, Nayland Blake, Robert Colescott, Renee Cox, William Downs, Ellen Gallagher, Deborah Grant, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Lucia Hierro, Isaac Julien, William Pope L., Kerry James Marshal, Wangechi Mutu, Lamar Peterson, Kenny Rivero, Alexandria Smith, Felandus Thames, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker and Fred Wilson.
Black Pulp! is an unpunprecedented overview of over 90 years of Black image production by Black publishers, Black artists and by non-Black artists and publishers allied with foregrounding the Black experience. Many works on view offer up windows into the darker, erotic, satirical, and more absurd recesses of the Black popular imagination; while underscoring important debates around personhood and identity.
Public reception for the artists:
32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery