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Luis Gispert and Jeffrey Reed, Stereomongrel, 2005. Super 35mm film, color, sound, 12 min., transferred to video. Courtesy of Lundgren Gallery. ©Luis Gispert and Jeffrey Reed
Lux et Veritas
The exhibition Lux et Veritas explores a transformative period in contemporary art by focusing on a generation of artists of color who attended Yale School of Art for graduate studies between 2000 and 2010. The exhibition’s title alludes to Yale University’s motto, Lux et Veritas, which translates from Latin to “Light and Truth.” In the context of this exhibition, the title references how these artists thought with critical complexity about their work and their movement through institutional structures.
As with similar programs, Yale School of Art, in New Haven, Connecticut, had not been historically diverse, which spurred these art students to form affiliations across the departments of painting, graphic design, sculpture, photography and art history. They filled gaps in the school’s curriculum and counteracted the lack of diversity among the faculty by inviting artists, curators and writers of color as advisors and guest speakers, developing an interdisciplinary forum, publishing art journals, organizing exhibitions and documenting their experiences in video and photography. The relationships they formed at school evolved into communities that networked and provided essential support and feedback for one another, often passing on these efforts beyond graduate study. Their reevaluation of the Western art canon, and commitment to the method and practice of teaching has contributed to a greater recognition of artists of color, challenged stereotypes and enriched the overall shared spaces of learning and thinking about art and the art praxis.
Lux et Veritas provides a public forum in which to address the directions these artists took based on the explorations that began in graduate school and were instilled thereafter in their practice. The exhibition is curated by Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator, NSU Art Museum. Mike Cloud (Yale, MFA 2003), william cordova (Yale, MFA 2004), Leslie Hewitt (Yale, MFA 2004) and Irene V. Small, Associate Professor, Contemporary Art & Criticism, Princeton University (Yale, Ph.D. 2008) are advisors on the exhibition. Oral histories with the artists who attended the School of Art provided significant insight into their experiences, relationships, and work.
Featured artists: Mike Cloud, william cordova, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Abigail DeVille, Torkwase Dyson, John Espinosa, Luis Gispert, Rashawn Griffin, Leslie Hewitt, Loren Holland, Titus Kaphar, Jamerry Kim, Eric N. Mack, Wardell Milan, Wangechi Mutu, Mamiko Otsubo, Ronny Qevedo, Mickalene Thomas, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Shoshanna Weinberger, and Kehinde Wiley.
Installation view of Lux et Veritas, 2022 at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Photos by Steven Brooke
Community Voices Presents: Lux et Veritas Roundtable Discussion At NSU ART Museum Fort Lauderdale
Artists Mike Cloud, william cordova, and Shoshanna Weinberger and exhibition curator Bonnie Clearwater discussed the exhibition on opening day, April 2, 2022.
Support has been provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Barbara and Michael G. Landry Fund for Broward, Peck Family Fund, Julia C. Baldwin Fund, and Frederick W. Jaqua Fund.
Lux et Veritas: Artists Talks
The exhibition Lux et Veritas focuses on a generation of artists who attended Yale School of Art for graduate studies from 2000 to 2010.
Penumbras: Lux et Veritas
Artists reflect on their experiences at Yale University.
Eric N. Mack Gallery Discussion
Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator of NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale interviews artist Eric N. Mack who features an installation in the exhibition Lux et Veritas.
The History of Art and Hip Hop
A few highlights from our recent symposium “The History of Art and Hip Hop in South Florida,” which explored the rich and distinct developments of this interdisciplinary genre. Hear Lux et Veritas artists william cordova, Luis Gispert and others discuss the history of art and hip-hop in South Florida.
Major support for NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is provided by the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation, the City of Fort Lauderdale, Community Foundation of Broward, the Broward County Cultural Division, the Cultural Council, and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Presenting sponsor: S. Donald Sussman
Additional support provided by Funding Arts Broward, Inc.