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April Bey and Wangechi Mutu

Surrealism and Us: Caribbean and African Diasporic Artists since 1940

March 10July 28, 2024

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

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Organized by Curator María Elena Ortiz, Surrealism and Us is inspired by the history of Surrealism in the Caribbean with connections to notions of the Afrosurreal in the United States. Representing a global perspective, this exhibition is the first intergenerational show dedicated to Caribbean and African diasporic art presented at the Modern.

Inspired by the essay “1943: Surrealism and Us” by Suzanne Césaire, the presentation includes over 80 artworks from the 1940s to the present day, in a wide range of media such as painting, sculpture, drawing, video, and installation. Centered on the intersection of Caribbean aesthetics, Afrosurrealism, and Afrofuturism, Surrealism and Us explores how Caribbean and Black artists interpreted a modernist movement. Artworks, framed within a pre-existing history of Black resistance and creativity, illustrate how Caribbean and Black artists reinterpreted the European avant-garde for their own purposes.

SELECTED ARTIST LIST Allora & Calzadilla, Benny Andrews, Belkis Ayón, Firelei Báez, Romare Bearden, José Bedia, Rigaud Benoit, April Bey, Henri-Robert Brésil, Agustín Cárdenas, Nick Cave, Aimé Césaire, Suzanne Césaire, Myrlande Constant, Eldzier Cortor, Luis Maisonet Crespo, Kim Dacres, Emory Douglas, Préfète Duffaut, Melvin Edwards, Tomás Esson, Minnie Evans, Celestin Faustin, Rafael Ferrer, Paul Gardère, Ja’Tovia Gary, Dalton Gata, Jacques-Enguérrand Gourgue, Stanley Greaves, David Hammons, Hugh Hayden, Hector Hyppolite, Arthur Jafa, Elliot and Erick Jiménez, Wifredo Lam, Simone Leigh, Georges Liautaud, Hew Locke, Che Lovelace, Joyce Mansour, Kerry James Marshall, Roberto Matta, Ana Mendieta, Rene Ménil, Toni Morrison, Wangechi Mutu, Lorraine O’Grady, Zak Ové, Salnave Philippe-Auguste, André Pierre, Naudline Pierre, Bony Ramirez, Kenny Rivero, Betye Saar, Kelly Sinnapah Mary, Hervé Télémaque, Jasmine Thomas-Girvan, Bob Thompson, Kara Walker, Alberta Whittle, Cossette Zeno, Frantz Zéphirin

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE Surrealism and Us is accompanied by an expansive catalogue featuring over 50 full color plates. Scholarly essays describe the creative and historical links between Afrosurrealist thinking, artistic practice, and Black life in the twentieth century, with contributions from María Elena Ortiz, Dr. Annette Joseph-Gabriel, Negarra A. Kudumu, and Ashley Stull Meyers. In addition, a chronology written by Lindsey Reynolds highlights the historical continuity of these interwoven histories and networks.

Surrealism and Us: Caribbean and African Diasporic Artists since 1940 is generously supported by the Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; Texas Commission on the Arts; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Terra Foundation for American Art; and the Fort Worth Tourism Public Improvement District, with additional support provided by Frost.