‘In Common: New Approaches with Romare Bearden’ at Parsons School of Design




Romare Bearden, Baptism, 1976 screen print.

The exhibition In Common: New Approaches With Romare Bearden highlights Romare Bearden’s work as an artist, educator, scholar, songwriter, and social activist. Drawing from the Romare Bearden Foundation collection and other private collections, the exhibition presents a selection of works demonstrating Bearden’s keen exploration of race and racial stereotypes, often taking inspiration from history, literature, the Bible, jazz, and African-American communities. His work is complemented by six leading and emerging contemporary artists—Black Quantum Futurism, Kahlil Robert Irving, Lorraine O’Grady, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, and Charisse Pearlina Weston—whose visions resonate with those of Bearden and contribute to a multigenerational dialogue on the political agency of art.

In Common: New Approaches with Romare Bearden will be on view from November 9, 2023 through January 15, 2024 at Parsons School of Design, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, NYC.

Co-organized by The New School’s Institute on Race, Power, and Political Economy and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the Romare Bearden Foundation, and The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.

The symposium ‘In Common: Romare Bearden and New Approaches to Art, Race & Economy’, will be held at the New School from November 30 ~ December 2, 2023. The symposium will bring together national leaders in creative culture and economy, community advocacy, business, philanthropy, journalism, and scholarship to explore the social justice legacy of the great late African-American artist-activist Romare Bearden, and the continuing vital relationships between art, race, economy and the Common Good in today’s day and age. Participants include Dwight Andrews, Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Black Quantum Futurism, Natalie Diaz, Nicole Fleetwood, Stefon Harris, Angie Kim, Robert O’Meally, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Fayemi Shakur, Eddie Torres, and more.  info@beardenfoundation.org

About the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center: The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center is more than an exhibition space— it’s the place where the university and the community come together. Get a behind-the-scenes look inside the center, and hear voices from across Parsons talk about what the SJDC means to them. The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center houses the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery and the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries.