Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen is the first major survey of the work of the groundbreaking, multidisciplinary artist. The exhibition spans the New York-based artist’s five decade-long career, featuring early figurative paintings, pure abstraction and conceptual works, and personal and political art that emerged in the aftermath of a life-threatening car accident in 1979. Trained as a painter, Pindell has challenged the staid traditions of the art world and asserted her place in its history as a woman of African descent. The exhibition traces themes and visual experiments that run throughout Pindell’s work up to the present. It also highlights Pindell’s work with photography, film, and performance, media she has used to explore her place in the world.
Spelman College hosted Howardena Pindell’s first public exhibition of the paintings and drawings in November 1971.
Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen was curated by Naomi Beckwith during her tenure as the Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Valerie Cassel Oliver, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.