Dead Lecturer/distant relative: Notes from the Woodshed 1950-1980

July 9, 2022 – October 1, 2022
Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University

615 W 129th St
New York, NY


The Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts is pleased to present Dead Lecturer/distant relative. The exhibition presents a selection of works by Asian American and African American artists whose approaches to abstraction provided alternatives to prevailing vocabularies for representation and resistance during the social movements of the 1960s and 70s, and for whom the parameters of visibility continue to remain a problem for thought today. The exhibition is curated by independent curator Genji Amino.

Dead Lecturer/distant relative gathers an archive of visual art and poetics to pose questions about the relationship between loss and kinship, between history and memory, and between race and abstraction. How do we recall the voices of those for whom art history has never represented either a reliable record or the proper horizon of address? How do we share the news of an archive of experiment whose relationship to the contemporary continues to be compromised by an ongoing history of racial violence and colonial enterprise? What forms of intimacy, address and refusal have yet to be imagined in and through this archive that exceed the prevailing art historical vocabularies for modernism, innovation, and abstraction?

Soft opening: Saturday, July 9 (3-6pm)