City Life Org – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Announce Tour Dates for Frank Bowling’s Americas

This fall, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), will debut The Americas of Frank Bowling, the first major survey of the artist’s work by an American institution in more than four decades. After its presentation in Boston from October 22, 2022 to April 9, 2023, the exhibition will travel to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where it will be presented from May 13 to September 10, 2023.

“Modernism belonged to me too.” So resolved the artist born in British Guiana in 1966, when he moved from London to New York, driven by the ambition to leave his mark on modern painting. The time of bowling in New York, from 1966 to 1975, calls for further exploration. His landmark move brought him into contact with a vibrant and tumultuous art scene, with burgeoning abstract painting, heated debates taking place around black cultural identity and artistic practice, and the slogan of Stokely Carmichael “Black Power” emanating from the South. Over the next decade, Bowling wrote extensively for art magazines, held several teaching positions (including at the Massachusetts College of Art), exhibited widely (including a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1971) and, in 1969, organized 5+1: an exhibition of five major African-American abstract artists (Melvin Edwards, Daniel LaRue Johnson, Al Loving, Jack Whitten and William T. Williams) plus Bowling himself at Stony Brook University, New York. Her experiences in the United States catalyzed profound changes in her painting, explored here through more than 30 works. The exhibition brings together a range of powerful works of Bowling in the country of their creation, ranging from pop influences

from early 1960s paintings and monumental color-soaked canvases that evoke ocean expanses to little-seen examples of the artist’s technically pioneering paintings rooted in abstraction. Offering for the first time a nuanced encounter with this pivotal chapter of Bowling’s career, The Americas of Frank Bowling offers an essential contribution to a more intercultural and global understanding of modern art.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, Frank Bowling’s Americas: New York 1966-1975produced by MFA Publications, which will be available in October 2022.

“Frank Bowling’s Americas” is generously supported by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation. Additional generous support from the Henry and Lois Foster Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions. Supported by the Robert and Jane Burke Fund for Exhibitions, the Barbara Jane Anderson Fund, the Museum Council Special Exhibition Fund and the Amy and Jonathan Poorvu Fund for the Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Sculpture.

About the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Founded on February 4, 1870, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) stands on the historic homelands of the Massachusett people, a site that has long served as a place of encounter and exchange between different nations. The museum opened to the public on July 4, 1876 – the nation’s centennial – in its original location in Copley Square. In 1909 the MFA moved to its current headquarters on Huntington Avenue and today the museum houses a worldwide collection comprising nearly 500,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary.

Open five days a week, MFA hours of operation are Saturday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10am-5pm; and Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The museum is located at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. For more information, call 617.267.9300, visit mfa.org or follow the MFA on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

151 Third Street

San Francisco, California 94103

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of the largest modern and contemporary art museums in the United States and a thriving cultural center for the Bay Area. Our remarkable collection of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design and media arts is housed in a LEED Gold certified building designed by global architects Snøhetta and Mario Botta. In addition to our seven floors of galleries, SFMOMA offers 45,000 square feet of free, art-filled public space open to everyone.

Visit sfmoma.org or call 415.357.4000 for more information.

James C. Tibbs