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Rick Lowe, Untitled, 2021 © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Thomas Dubrock

In Conversation

Rick Lowe
Elyse A. Gonzales

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 7pm
Carver Community Cultural Center, San Antonio
www.rubycity.org

As part of Taller Talks, a series of public talks organized in collaboration by Ruby City and the Carver Community Cultural Center, both in San Antonio, Rick Lowe will discuss his work and process with Ruby City director Elyse A. Gonzales. In 2021 the contemporary art center acquired Lowe’s painting Untitled (2021) and it is currently on view for the first time in the exhibition Tangible/Nothing through July 30, 2023.

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Rick Lowe, Untitled, 2021 © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Thomas Dubrock

Left: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney. Right: Amanda Williams. Photo: Jacob Hand

In Conversation

Chicago Humanities Festival 2022
Rick Lowe and Amanda Williams on the Transformative Power of Public Art

Saturday, October 22, 2022, 12pm
Northwestern University, Chicago
www.chicagohumanities.org

As part of this year’s Chicago Humanities Festival, Rick Lowe and Amanda Williams—who were named MacArthur Fellows in 2014 and 2022, respectively—will reflect on community-based creative practices and the power of art to remake our public lives. The Chicago Humanities Festival connects people to the ideas that shape and define us and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human.

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Left: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney. Right: Amanda Williams. Photo: Jacob Hand

Left: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney. Middle: Tom Finkelpearl. Right: Eugenie Tsai

In Conversation

Rick Lowe, Tom Finkelpearl, Eugenie Tsai

Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6pm
Gagosian, 541 West 24th Street, New York

Join Gagosian for a conversation between Rick Lowe and his longtime friends Tom Finkelpearl, author and former commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Eugenie Tsai, senior curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, inside Lowe’s exhibition Meditations on Social Sculpture, at Gagosian, 541 West 24th Street, New York. The trio will discuss how Lowe’s new paintings evolve from his ongoing community projects, moving beyond the conventions of visual practice, as well as their shared interest in transforming social structures and policies to effect change. The event has reached capacity. 

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Left: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney. Middle: Tom Finkelpearl. Right: Eugenie Tsai

Left: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney. Right: Antwaun Sargent. Photo: Chase Hall

In Conversation

Rick Lowe
Antwaun Sargent

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12pm EDT

As part of Talking to Our Time program, an online series of artist talks organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, Rick Lowe will be joined by Gagosian director Antwaun Sargent to discuss how creativity can empower people and communities to spark economic, social, and political change. The pair will speak about Lowe’s community-based initiatives, such as Project Row Houses and Greenwood Art Project, as well as his paintings and drawings based on a visual language developed from aerial photographs of dominoes, a game he often plays with residents of his social projects. To join the online event, register at smithsonian.zoom.us.

Left: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney. Right: Antwaun Sargent. Photo: Chase Hall

Left: David Adjaye. Photo: Alex Fradkin, courtesy Adjaye Associates. Middle: Thelma Golden. Photo: Julie Skarratt. Right: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney

In Conversation

David Adjaye and Rick Lowe
Moderated by Thelma Golden

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 2pm edt

Join Gagosian for a conversation between Sir David Adjaye and Rick Lowe, moderated by Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, on the occasion of Social Works at Gagosian, New York. Livestreaming from the exhibition in Chelsea in advance of the opening on June 24, the trio will explore Adjaye and Lowe’s shared interests in architecture, community building, and the relationship between space and the Black body. Featuring work by twelve artists, the exhibition includes Asaase (2021), Adjaye’s first large-scale autonomous sculpture, and Black Wall Street Journey (2020–), a new series of paintings by Lowe memorializing the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in Oklahoma. To join the online event, register at eventbrite.com.

Left: David Adjaye. Photo: Alex Fradkin, courtesy Adjaye Associates. Middle: Thelma Golden. Photo: Julie Skarratt. Right: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney

Announcements

Photo: Nate Palmer

Honor

Rick Lowe
National Academy of Design

Rick Lowe will be inducted into the National Academy of Design on October 25, 2022, in a ceremony that will be viewable online. Founded in 1825, the organization advocates for the arts as a tool for education, celebrates the role of artists and architects in public life, and serves as a catalyst for cultural conversations that propel society forward. National Academicians are a community of artists and architects who are elected by their peers in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to art and architecture in America. The number of living Academicians is limited to 450, and more than 2,400 artists and architects have been elected since the organization’s inception.

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Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney

New Representation

Rick Lowe

Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of Rick Lowe. Lowe’s numerous collaborative projects, undertaken in the spirit and tradition of “social sculpture,” are paired with an extensive body of work in painting, drawing, and installation. Working closely with individuals and communities, he has identified myriad ways to exercise creativity in the context of everyday activities, harnessing it to explore concerns around equity and justice. Influenced by Joseph Beuys’s formulation of “social sculpture,” he has moved from figurative “anti-painting” to the making and maintenance of projects aimed at the transformation of social structures and sites, and to symbolic abstract painting.

Lowe will inaugurate the third season of Gagosian’s Artist Spotlight series on September 29. His first solo exhibition at the gallery is scheduled for fall 2022 at Gagosian New York.

Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney

Still from “Black Reconstructions: Prosperity and Innovation”

Video

Black Reconstructions
Prosperity and Innovation with Walter Hood, Rick Lowe, and Amanda Williams

In this video, artists Walter Hood, Rick Lowe, and Amanda Williams discuss how histories of Black invention and affluence can inspire new conditions for the present and future. The conversation is moderated by Tracie Hall, executive director of the American Library Association, and was presented in conjunction with the exhibition Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2021.

Still from “Black Reconstructions: Prosperity and Innovation”

Photo: Marlon Hall, courtesy Greenwood Art Project

Podcast

Museum Confidential
Rick Lowe

In this episode of Museum Confidential, hosted by Jeff Martin with Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rick Lowe discusses the Greenwood Art Project (2018–21) and the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre with Martin and project manager Jerica Wortham. To listen to the episode, visit www.publicradiotulsa.org.

Photo: Marlon Hall, courtesy Greenwood Art Project

Rick Lowe, G.A.P. Van, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2021 © Rick Lowe Studio

Video

Rick Lowe: G.A.P. Van
PBS American Portrait

Rick Lowe discusses his G.A.P. Van (2021), a mobile, multidisciplinary art production and performance space that aims to foster a sense of community and healing among the residents of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Traveling through the neighborhood, the van serves as a mobile healing space where the community can—through a participatory process of making and exhibiting posters—archive and acknowledge the trauma of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 while celebrating the vibrant energy of “Black Wall Street.”

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Rick Lowe, G.A.P. Van, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2021 © Rick Lowe Studio

Still from “Redefining Art with Rick Lowe”

Video

Redefining Art
with Rick Lowe

This video documents a lecture by Rick Lowe at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. Lowe speaks about his social-sculpture practice and offers insight into his thinking and his working process.

Still from “Redefining Art with Rick Lowe”

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Museum Exhibitions

Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses: Hindsight, 2022 (detail) © Rick Lowe Studio

On View

Rick Lowe in
Urban Impressions: Experiencing the Global Contemporary Metropolis

Through December 17, 2022
Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston
moody.rice.edu

Urban Impressions considers the complexities of the modern metropole through a broad and diverse selection of artists from around the globe. Starting with the question “What makes the metropolis?” the exhibition examines our sensorial and physical engagement with urban landscapes and the experiential impact of the built environment. Ranging from sculpture and painting to video and installation, the works on view question defining features of a city—from population density to sensory overload—and thus foreground the central role that the arts and humanities play in the critical conversation about how urban centers affect the mind and bodies of its inhabitants. Work by Rick Lowe is included.

Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses: Hindsight, 2022 (detail) © Rick Lowe Studio

Rick Lowe, Notes on the Great Migration 1, 2022 © Rick Lowe Studio

On View

Rick Lowe
Notes on the Great Migration

Through February 10, 2023
Neubauer Collegium, University of Chicago
neubauercollegium.uchicago.edu

The exhibition features new paintings by Rick Lowe who was a visiting fellow at the Neubauer Collegium from 2019 to 2021. Lowe’s “notes” on the Great Migration took shape in the wake of his Black Wall Street Journey, a three-part citywide project that pays tribute to the building of Black wealth, using public art to tell stories from the journeys of Black communities in Chicago and beyond. The centerpiece of this exhibition is a new mode of presenting Lowe’s two-dimensional work—in a manner that befits the artist’s critical contribution to the development of a properly American brand of “social sculpture.”

Rick Lowe, Notes on the Great Migration 1, 2022 © Rick Lowe Studio

Rick Lowe, Untitled, 2021, installation view, Ruby City, San Antonio © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Ansen Seale

On View

Rick Lowe in
Tangible/Nothing

Through July 30, 2023
Ruby City, San Antonio
www.rubycity.org

Tangible/Nothing presents a new installation from Ruby City’s permanent collection galleries and features approximately forty works by national and international artists, including those with ties to San Antonio and to Texas. The exhibition explores how the invisible or the seemingly mundane can reveal greater meaning, and it aims to tap into our collective experience of absence and presence over the past two years, when the physical separation from family and friends necessitated finding all manner of ways to connect with them in absentia. Work by Rick Lowe is included.

Rick Lowe, Untitled, 2021, installation view, Ruby City, San Antonio © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Ansen Seale

Ellen Gallagher, Ecstatic Draught of Fishes, 2022, installation view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York © Ellen Gallagher

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Whitney Biennial 2022
Quiet as It’s Kept

April 6–September 5, 2022
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
whitney.org

The Whitney Biennial was established in 1932 by the museum’s founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, to chart developments in art in the United States. The 2022 Biennial features dynamic contributions that take different forms over the course of the exhibition: artworks—even walls—change, and performance animates the galleries and objects. With an intergenerational roster of sixty-three artists and collectives at all points in their careers, many of whom work with an interdisciplinary perspective, the Biennial surveys and presents the art and ideas of our time. Work by Harold Ancart, Ellen Gallagher, and Rick Lowe is included.

Ellen Gallagher, Ecstatic Draught of Fishes, 2022, installation view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York © Ellen Gallagher

Taryn Simon, Press XL, from the series Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2015, Brooklyn Museum, New York © Taryn Simon

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The Slipstream
Reflection, Resilience, and Resistance in the Art of Our Time

May 14, 2021–April 10, 2022
Brooklyn Museum, New York
www.brooklynmuseum.org

The Slipstream draws examples from Brooklyn Museum’s contemporary art collection to contemplate the profound disruption that occurred in 2020. Borrowing its title from an aeronautical term that refers to the pull of the current that is left in the wake of a large and powerful object, the exhibition examines the placement and displacement of power that runs through American history and continues today. The show features more than sixty works by multiple generations of artists from the 1960s to the present day, including Titus Kaphar, Rick Lowe, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Taryn Simon.

Taryn Simon, Press XL, from the series Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2015, Brooklyn Museum, New York © Taryn Simon

Rick Lowe, Black Wall Street Journey, 2018–, installation view, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 2021 © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Michael Tropea

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Rick Lowe in
Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40

July 15–December 19, 2021
Various locations in Chicago
towardcommoncause.org

Organized by the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago in collaboration with more than two dozen partner organizations across the city, Toward Common Cause is a multi-venue exhibition exploring the extent to which certain resources—air, land, water, and even culture—can be held in common. Raising questions about inclusion, exclusion, ownership, and rights of access, the exhibition considers art’s vital role in society as a call to vigilance, a way to bear witness, and a potential act of resistance. Presented on the fortieth anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program, Toward Common Cause employs the Fellows Program as an “intellectual commons” and features work by twenty-nine artists who have been named Fellows since the program’s founding in 1981, including Rick Lowe. For the exhibition, Lowe has created his first Chicago-based social sculpture, Black Wall Street Journey, a three-part citywide project that pays tribute to the building of Black wealth, using public art to tell stories from the journeys of Black communities in Chicago and beyond.

Rick Lowe, Black Wall Street Journey, 2018–, installation view, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 2021 © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Michael Tropea

Installation view, Rick Lowe: New Paintings & Drawings, Art League Houston, September 26, 2020–April 24, 2021. Artwork © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Alex Barber

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Rick Lowe
New Paintings & Drawings

September 26, 2020–April 24, 2021
Art League Houston
www.artleaguehouston.org

New Paintings & Drawings is an exhibition of recent work by Rick Lowe, the Art League Houston 2020 Texas Artist of the Year. Created between 2017 and 2020, the works on view feature Lowe’s signature vivid explorations of color and complex visualizations of compositional space, and include his multilayered abstract paintings often depicting aerial views of domino games.

Installation view, Rick Lowe: New Paintings & Drawings, Art League Houston, September 26, 2020–April 24, 2021. Artwork © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Alex Barber

Rick Lowe (in collaboration with Maria Papadimitriou), Victoria Square Project, 2016– © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Freddie Faulkenberry

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Rick Lowe in
Documenta 14

April 8–September 17, 2017
Victoria Square, Athens
www.documenta14.de

As part of Documenta 14, Rick Lowe collaborated with Maria Papadimitriou on Victoria Square Project (2016–), a social sculpture that strives to empower the local community through creative experiences. By building artistic spaces of belonging and refuge for locals and immigrants alike, this ongoing project gives new life and a sense of familial space to a somewhat polarized and forgotten community, stricken by grief and displacement during the recent refugee crisis in Greece.

Rick Lowe (in collaboration with Maria Papadimitriou), Victoria Square Project, 2016– © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Freddie Faulkenberry

Rick Lowe, Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow, 2013 © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Rick Lowe

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Rick Lowe
Trans.lation

October 19, 2013–February 16, 2014
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
www.nashersculpturecenter.org

Rick Lowe’s community art project Trans.lation takes place in Vickery Meadow, a three-square-mile area that makes up one of the most culturally diverse sections of Dallas and is home to thirty thousand residents speaking as many as twenty-seven languages. The project helps facilitate a new vision of what public space and interaction can look like in the neighborhood, identifying residents’ creative strengths and connecting them with local artists for collaboration and mentorship to ultimately engender opportunity and entrepreneurship. Trans.lation culminates in a series of pop-up markets that enable the Vickery Meadow community to share their artistic talents and cultural traditions with one another and the greater Dallas community.

Rick Lowe, Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow, 2013 © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Rick Lowe

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