Exhibition - Adebumni Gabadebo: A Dilemma of Inheritance

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020 at 11:00am

Claire Oliver Gallery
2288 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
New York, NY 10001

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Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to announce the debut solo exhibition by artist Adebunmi Gbadebo, A Dilemma of Inheritance. The exhibition will showcase the artist’s True Blue series which is comprised of more than 45 works that grapple with concepts surrounding heredity and the evolution of memory and forgetting focused on two former slave plantations in South Carolina, both named True Blue. Gbadebo’s conception behind the exhibition and its naming was sparked by author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ exploration of patrimony and the inheritance of status in his case for reparations, stating “We recognize our lineage as a generational trust, as inheritance, and the real dilemma posed by reparations is just that: a dilemma of inheritance. It is impossible to imagine America without the inheritance of slavery.” Within this inquiry, materiality is central to Gbadebo’s work, she employs Black hair, rice paper, cotton and indigo to create works that are visceral portraits of human narratives that have been erased by history.

Adebunmi Gbadebo is a multimedia artist living and working in Newark, New Jersey. She was a featured artist at the 2020 Dhaka Art Summit and her work is currently on view at Minneapolis Institute of Art in an exhibition entitled “Mapping Black Identities.” Her work is in the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Her work has been exhibited at 1-54 London Contemporary African Art Fair, UNTITLED Art, Miami, Chashama (NYC), Miranda Kuo Gallery (NYC), the Paul Robeson Gallery at Rutgers University, SVA's Flat Iron and Chelsea Gallery (NYC), Monmouth University, Newark Open Doors, Gallery Aferro, and the Therese A. Maloney Museum at the College of Saint Elizabeth (NJ), among others. While simultaneously earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), Gbadebo had her first solo show, held at Rutgers University, which was reviewed in The New York Times.

A Dilemma of Inheritance Will Be On View By Appointment

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Exhibition Date: September 17, 2020 - November 5, 2020

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