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Howardena Pindell


Artist Howardena Pindell studied painting at Boston University and Yale University. After graduating, she worked from 1967 to 1979 at The Museum of Modern Art in the prints and illustrated books department. Pindell was also a co-founder of the pioneering feminist A.I.R. Gallery, which opened in New York in 1972. In 1979, she began teaching at the State University of New York, Stony Brook where she is now a full professor. Through varying media, Pindell’s art addressing social issues of homelessness, AIDs, war, genocide, sexism, xenophobia and apartheid.

Pindell’s work is currently the subject of a major survey at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, previously at the MCA Chicago (“Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen”, 2018). Other notable solo exhibitions include: Spelman College (1971, Atlanta); A.I.R. Gallery (1973, 1983, New York); Just Above Midtown (1977, New York); Lerner-Heller Gallery (1980, 1981, New York); The Studio Museum in Harlem (1986, New York); the Wadsworth Atheneum (1989, Hartford); Cyrus Gallery (1989, New York); G.R. N’Namdi Gallery (1992, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2006, Chicago, Detroit, and New York); Garth Greenan Gallery, New York (2014); and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta (2015).

Her work has also been featured in many landmark museum exhibitions, such as: “Contemporary Black Artists in America” (1971, Whitney Museum of American Art), “Rooms” (1976, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center), “Another Generation” (1979, The Studio Museum in Harlem), “Afro-American Abstraction” (1980, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center), “The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s” (1990, New Museum of Contemporary Art), and “Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works by African-American Women Artists” (1996, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta).


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