Magnetic FieldsExpanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today

May 5 – August 5, 2018

Mildred Thompson, Magnetic Fields (detail), 1991, Oil on canvas, Courtesy of the Mildred Thompson Estate, Atlanta, Georgia © The Mildred Thompson Estate, Atlanta, Georgia

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today is the first American exhibition dedicated exclusively to the formal and historical dialogue of abstraction by women artists of color. Intergenerational in scope, the exhibition includes works by twenty-one artists.

In the June 2014 ARTnews article “Black Abstraction: Not a Contradiction,” Hilarie M. Sheets aptly notes, “The contributions of African American artists to the inventions of abstract [art] have historically been overlooked…”. Magnetic Fields focuses on non- representational art-making by women artists of color, reframing the art historical narrative to convey a more complete presentation of American abstraction. The exhibition is organized by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri. It travels to the Museum of Fine Arts from the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.