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In partnership with EXPO CHICAGO, Art in America, and the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Rebuild Foundation is proud to present the exhibition In The Absence of Light: Gesture, Humor and Resistance in The Black Aesthetic at Stony Island Arts Bank.

Organized by Theaster Gates, in collaboration with Beth Rudin DeWoody and Laura Dvorkin, this exhibition seeks to bring together artistic practices that not only reveal some sense of interiority, but by their very nature, reflect distance through laughter, painting gesture and isolation.

Rebuild Foundation partnered with the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection’s substantial contemporary African diaspora collection to share works by over 20 of today’s most important practitioners within the contemporary art world. The exhibition is anchored by works by Glenn Ligon, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Henry Taylor. For four months, the Stony Island Arts Bank will host these seminal artists along with artist talks, curated walk throughs, public discussions and film series.

Image: Glenn Ligon, Study for Negro Sunshine #88, 2012, oil stick, coal dust and gesso on paper, 12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm) Collection of Beth DeWoody, NY, Photographer Credit: Luhring Augustine © Glenn Ligon; Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, Thomas Dane Gallery, London and Chantal Crousel, Paris

Rebuild Foundation

Stony Island Arts Bank

6760 S. Stony Island Ave.

Chicago, Illinois



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