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Current Exhibitions

Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection

Saturday, March 03, 2018 - Sunday, September 02, 2018

The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection that features over one hundred works from various media highlighting the global migration of peoples across the world.

The exhibiting artists create work that investigates the universal conversation of migration, history, race and representation in art being made today. The exhibition captures the personal stories and collective histories of artists reflected through installations, videos, paintings and sculptures.

Drawn from DeWoody’s significant contemporary African diaspora collection, it features world renowned artists such as Willie Cole, Hank Willis Thomas, Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, Romare Bearden, Kehinde Wiley, Sanford Biggers, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) among others working in a broad reach of media and conceptual approaches.

Presenting nearly 100 significant examples from her collection, the exhibition aims to represent artists whose work references ownership of their own home countries while developing narratives that embrace global histories.

About the collector: Beth Rudin DeWoody, art collector and curator, resides between Los Angeles, New York City, and West Palm Beach. She is President of The Rudin Family Foundations and Executive Vice President of Rudin Management. Her Board affiliations include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Hammer Museum, The New School, The Glass House, Empowers Africa, New Yorkers for Children, and The New York City Police Foundation. She is an Honorary Trustee at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and on the Photography Steering Committee at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.

In December 2017, DeWoody opened a private art space in West Palm Beach, which presents viewable storage of her collection, as well as exhibitions. The space also holds private tours and events.

Guided group tours of this exhibition are available by contacting Tours and Visitor Engagement Coordinator Katrina King at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540.204.4131.

Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection is co-curated by Laura Dvorkin of the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection and the Taubman Museum of Art. The exhibition is on view from March 3 – September 2, 2018 in the Medical Facilities of America Gallery and the Temporary Exhibition Gallery.

Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection is presented by The Secular Society, with education programming support provided by Virginia Humanities.

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(Left to right, Top to bottom)

Hank Willis Thomas

Branded Head, 2003

Ed. 1 of 3 lambda photograph, digital c-print

99" x 52"

Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. © Hank Willis Thomas. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

 

Amy Sherald (American, born 1973)

All the Unforgotten Bliss (the Early Bird) (detail), 2017

Oil on canvas

54" x 43"

Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. Courtesy of the Artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

 

Zanele Muholi (South African, born 1972)

Nolwazi II Nuoro, Italy (detail) 2015

Archival pigment print 15.75" x 11.8"

Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. Courtesy of the Artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

 

Nick Cave

Hustle Coat, 2014

Mixed media including trench coat, cast bronze hand, metal, costume jewelry, watches and chains

59" x 40" x 14 1/2"

Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. ©Nick Cave. Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack

Shainman Gallery, New York

 

Kehinde Wiley

Jarrett (Study) (detail), 2009

Oil wash on paper

39" x 26"

Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. Courtesy of the Artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

 

Samson Kambalu

Lincoln (detail of video still), 2015

Digital video, colour

49 seconds

Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. Courtesy of the Artist and Kate MacGarry, London

 

Aaron Fowler

Mom Knows, 2016

Mixed media

125" x 176" x 30" (part 1) 40" x 27" x 3" (part 2)

Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. Courtesy of the Artist and Diane Rosenstein Gallery

 

Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Richard (detail), 2014

Black charcoal, gouache, oil pastel, oil paint on Coventry Vellum paper

55" x 43"

Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. Courtesy of the Artist

 

Ndidi Emefiele

2 girls and a dog (detail), 2017

Acrylic, printed paper-cut-outs, clock bezel, compact disk, textile embellishment on canvas

39” x 31”

Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. Courtesy of the Artist and Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery, London

 

Kerry James Marshall

Untitled (detail) 2009

Ink on paper

30 1/4" x 22 3/4"

Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. ©Kerry James Marshall. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

 

Vanessa German

Forgiveness is Good it Shines it Remembers and Forgets All At the Same Time it Washes the Soul Anew (detail), 2012

Mixed-media assemblage

71 1/2" x 18" x 11 1/2"

Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. Courtesy of the Artist and Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York