Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — November 21, 2021 — NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will present the first solo museum exhibition of Miami artist Jared McGriff from November 21 through February 13, 2022. Titled Jared McGriff: Where We Are You, this exhibition showcases McGriff’s dreamlike narratives that remain timeless even as he integrates his family’s history into the realities of the present.
This exhibition contrasts paintings that suggest contemporary snapshots of the artist’s present with paintings that conjure the real and imagined experiences of his family’s migration from the rural south to the rural west of Oklahoma and California. This juxtaposition of past and present reflects how contemporary times are shaped by the historical.
The exhibition’s title Where We Are You encapsulates notions of African Ubuntu philosophy where the individual becomes whole through the experience of the group. McGriff’s composition of single and grouped figures embodies the guiding principle for many early cultures that each individual’s actions impact others and society.
Jared McGriff: Where We Are You is curated by Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Art Museum Director and Chief Curator.