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    Romare Bearden  (American, 1911-1988), The Family, 1975 (detail). Color etching and aquatint on paper. 20 x 26 inches © 2021 Romare Bearden Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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    William Villalongo (American, b. 1975) Embodied, 2018 (detail). Laser cut felt with archival pigment print. Museum purchase, Way Fund, 2020.7. Published by Graphicstudio, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. Photo: Will Lytch

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    René Portocarrero (Cuban, 1912-1985), El Mirador, 1952 (detail). Watercolor, ink, and oil on paper. Gift of Pan-American Union 1956.32.1

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    Vernacular photo collection, artists unknown. Misc. sizes. Gift of Peter J. Cohen, 2018

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    Ernst Benkert (American, 1928-2010), Half-Inch Grid, 1962 (detail). Oil on canvas. Museum purchase  1972.2 © The Estate of Ernst Benkert, courtesy D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc.

 

September 14 - December 10, 2021

Storytelling is a catalyst for change.

Our 2020 exhibition Reckonings: Fleming staff reflect on our collection and the current moment focused on how we can use art to tell stories about our feelings and experiences in reaction to worldwide trauma. “Reckoning” is a long-term and iterative process, particularly when it comes to overcoming centuries of racial oppression as represented on the Museum’s walls and in our collections. This gallery includes some works from Reckonings with new stories attached to them about what we have learned, and unlearned, over the last year.

We’ve also added new works that help us think about the power of storytelling to enact change. These works are just the beginning, a jumping-off point for that storytelling to expand beyond the Museum’s staff, to those who have rarely been heard here before. This is a space to gather ideas about what new kinds of stories can be told in the Museum, to prioritize sharing multiple perspectives, to de-center the Museum’s authority, and hold space for new voices.

Support for this installation is provided by the Kalkin Family Exhibitions Fund, the Walter Cerf Exhibitions Fund, and the Vermont Arts Council.

 

Saya Woolfalk's "Encyclopedia of Cloud Divination (Plate 3)," 2018

Saya Woolfalk, "Encyclopedia of Cloud Divination (Plate 3)," 2018

Saya Woolfalk (American, b. 1979 Japan), Encyclopedia of Cloud Divination (Plate 3), 2018 (detail). Archival inkjet, screenprint, silver leaf, and collage. 40 x 30 inches. Museum purchase, Way Fund. Published by the Lower East Side Printshop, New York

David Bethuel Jamieson's "Eric Takayama, April 29, 1991 2:30 A.M., Waterman Building," 1991

David Bethuel Jamieson's "Eric Takayama, April 29, 1991 2:30 A.M., Waterman Building," 1991

David Bethuel Jamieson (American, 1963-1992), Eric Takayama, April 29, 1991 2:30 A.M., Waterman Building, 1991(detail). Crayon and magic marker and ball point pen on foam core. Gift of Andrea Geremia  1998.25

William Villalongo's "Embodied," 2018

William Villalongo's "Embodied," 2018

William Villalongo (American, b. 1975) Embodied, 2018 (detail). Laser cut felt with archival pigment print. Museum purchase, Way Fund, 2020.7. Published by Graphicstudio, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. Photo: Will Lytch

Romare Bearden's "The Family," 1975

Romare Bearden's "The Family," 1975

Romare Bearden  (American, 1911-1988), The Family, 1975 (detail). Color etching and aquatint on paper. 20 x 26 inches. © 2021 Romare Bearden Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Ernst Benkert's "Half-Inch Grid," 1962

Ernst Benkert's "Half-Inch Grid," 1962

Ernst Benkert (American, 1928-2010), Half-Inch Grid, 1962 (detail). Oil on canvas. Museum purchase  1972.2 © The Estate of Ernst Benkert, courtesy D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc.

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This exhibition is part of The Fleming Reimagined. To learn more about our institutional transformation efforts please read our priorities statement.

 

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