At the core of the presentation is Yinka Shonibare CBE's 'The American Library', a room filled floor-to-ceiling with over 6,000 books bound in the artist's signature batik fabric. Each volume bears the name of an individual who has made a significant contribution to American culture who is a first or second generation immigrant or was affected by the Great Migration. Visitors are invited to learn more about those named and to contribute their family's own migration stories, through an interactive digital platform.
Click here to explore 'The American Library' online.
A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with an essay by Eva Respini and Ruth Erickson and texts by prominent scholars Aruna D'Souza, Okwui Enwezor, Thomas Keenan, Peggy Levitt, and Uday Singh Mehta, among others. This exhibition is organized by Ruth Erickson (Mannion Family Curator) and Eva Respini (Barbara Lee Chief Curator), with Ellen Tani (Assistant Curator).
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, Massachusetts, 23 October 2019 – 26 January 2020
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 23 February – 23 August 2020
Iris and Gerald B. Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 5 February – 31 May 2021