Independent 20th Century
September 7 – 10, 2023
The Battery Maritime Building
10 South St, New York, NY
Fridman Gallery will present the work of Dindga McCannon.
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Dindga McCannon, Pat is Pregnant, 1977, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas,
30 x 22 x 1"
Dindga McCannon (b. 1947, NYC, lives and works in Philadephia, PA)
Dindga McCannon's mixed-media paintings, quilts, and works on paper focus on the stories of women: iconic public figures, unknown heroines, family, and friends from Harlem. Dindga’s work is in the public collections of The National Gallery of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Hirshhorn Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, among others. She has participated in major traveling museum exhibitions, including Afro-Atlantic Histories at the National Gallery of Art, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985 at the Brooklyn Museum; and Black Power at the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN.
"McCannon played a vital role in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ’70s, as one of only two female members of the influential Weusi Artist Collective and a co-founder of the trailblazing group Where We At Black Women Artists, Inc. But she was never at the center of the male-dominated scene, partly because she was a woman and dared to make art about it." – Jillian Steinhauer, The New York Times
Dindga McCannon, Waiting, 1981, Woodcut print, 19 1/2 x 15"
"McCannon was doing her work within a community that she saw as vitally important and needing a voice, that she very much saw herself as part of"
– Catherine Morris, Curator, The Brooklyn Museum
Dindga McCannon, Wedding Party #1, 1999, Paint, fabric, vintage jewelry, and ephemera, 50 x 39 1/2"
"Most artists will tell you, the pieces create themselves. You’re just the vehicle or the vessel that this creativity is going through. I think, one thing about artists is that we are usually pioneers. We have visions that the average person might not have. Now we’re at a point where those visions are celebrated. Another thing is, I’m really glad to be living through all of this. A lot of artists died in obscurity, died without having major sales and that’s sad. I got very blessed and lucky, plus I earned it, because I’ve worked hard all these years."
– Dindga McCannon