NSU Art Museum
Top Image: Sam Gilliam, Cordial I, 1972. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry R. Hope. © 2021 Sam Gilliam / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Side Image: Simphiwe Ndzube, Untitled Drawing Study #11, 2019. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; purchased with funds provided by Michael and Dianne Bienes, by exchange © 2021 Simphiwe Ndzube
Lineages brings together works from NSU Art Museum’s permanent collection, which have been selected to act in conversation with the current exhibition, Eric N. Mack: Lemme walk across the room. Mack collaborated with Museum curators to cull together works that highlight some of the predecessors and abstract painters who influenced him, including Helen Frankenthaler, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Sam Gilliam, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski and Robert Rauschenberg. The exhibition also features contemporary artists whose work shares affinities with Mack’s poetic arrangements and thematic concerns. The works on view broadly range in media: from painting, sculpture, textile, collage and photography, reflecting the intense research and manifold forms of expression that Mack looks to in creating his art.
Lineages also celebrates the Museum’s recent acquisitions by South Florida-based artists Jared McGriff and Reginald O’Neal, and Los Angeles-based, South African artist Simphiwe Ndzube.
These works encourage viewers to reflect on the many issues at the heart of Mack’s practice, namely assemblage, abstraction, formalism, materiality, the readymade, African American history and racial politics.
Exhibitions and programs at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale are made possible in part by a challenge grant from the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. Funding is also provided by the City of Fort Lauderdale, AutoNation, Community Foundation of Broward, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is accredited by the American Association of Museums.