Museum of Modern Art New York Presents Exhibition of Works selected by Grace Wales Bonner


Museum of Modern Art New York has announced an Exhibition of Works selected by acclaimed London-based designer Grace Wales Bonner.

Titled ‘Grace Wales Bonner-Spirit Movers’, the exhibition will feature 50 works from MoMA’s collection selected by Wales Bonner. It is the 16th installment of MoMA’s Artist’s Choice series in which a contemporary artist organizes an installation drawn from the Museum’s collection. The works selected this year focuses on Black cultural and aesthetic practices inspired by the styles, experiences, forms, and sounds of the African diaspora and features works from artists such as Terry Adkins, Moustapha Dime, Agnes Martin, Man Ray, Betye Saar, and David Hammons.

‘It is an immense honor to engage with the artists and works in MoMA’s collection, and I wish to extend my deepest thanks to the museum for allowing me the space to create so freely. I hope the exhibition and associated publication resound with the spirit of the contributing artists and continue to conjure new dreams and new visions,’ said Wales Bonner in press release.

‘Grace Wales Bonner has changed the way we see style-not only as surface but as structure. Every detail of her polymathic designs, publications, exhibitions, and films is related to long histories, deep archives, and cultural identities across the diasporic world. Like her exhibition, this book is a deeply personal meditation on and around modern Black expression-and it reflects Wales Bonner’s commitment to archival research as both a form of spirituality and an aesthetic practice,’ said exhibition curator Michelle Kuo.

Wales Bonner has received numerous awards, including the LVMH Young Designer award in 2016 and the CFDA International Men’s Designer of the Year 2021. She has also collaborated with brands including Adidas Originals, Anderson & Sheppard, and Dior.

The ‘Grace Wales Bonner-Spirit Movers’ will be on view in the Museum of Modern Art New York’s street-level galleries from November 18, 2023, through April 7, 2024.

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