Galerie Lelong & Co., New York is pleased to announce the upcoming solo exhibition by Tariku Shiferaw, Making Space: One of These Black Boys, the artist’s first solo institutional exhibition, opening at Southampton African American Museum on Saturday, August 5, 2023. The artist will be present for the opening reception on the evening of Friday, August 4, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.
The curator of the exhibition, Storm Ascher, writes: “Southampton African American Museum is the perfect container for Making Space: One of These Black Boys a solo exhibition by the visionary Ethiopian-American artist Tariku Shiferaw—who is exhibiting for the first time at the historic barbershop turned museum. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in Los Angeles, CA, and currently based in New York, Shiferaw’s experience of cultures informs his multifaceted reference points in his work as an abstract artist. Shiferaw invites us on a journey through the realm of mark-making and its profound significance within society and art history.
Making Space: One of These Black Boys challenges us to question the prevailing notion of who possesses the authority to make marks and shape narratives. Shiferaw’s deliberate gestures serve as a powerful counter to the systemic erasure that has long plagued our history. In this series, the artist not only engages with the recorded history of painting but also prompts us to deeply consider the nature of our society and its functioning, in both the physical and metaphysical.”
Making Space: One of These Black Boys
Southampton African American Museum, New York
August 5 – November 30, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Southampton African American Museum (SAAM)
245 N Sea Rd, Southampton, NY 11968, United States