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The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Clth, 9.5 x 12 in. / 184 pgs / 72 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2024 p. 4   

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New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, 11/18/23–04/07/24

New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, 11/18/23–04/07/24

New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, 11/18/23–04/07/24

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THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Grace Wales Bonner: Dream in the Rhythm

Visions of Sound and Spirit in the MoMA Collection

Edited by Grace Wales Bonner. Afterword by Michelle Kuo.

Grace Wales Bonner: Dream in the Rhythm

A deeply personal meditation on and around modern Black expression, curated by the acclaimed London-based designer

This volume, Grace Wales Bonner: Dream in the Rhythm—Visions of Sound and Spirit in the MoMA Collection, is an artist’s book created by the acclaimed London-based designer Grace Wales Bonner as “an archive of soulful expression.” Through an extraordinary selection of nearly 80 works from The Museum of Modern Art’s collection and archives, this unique volume draws multisensory connections between pictures and poems, music and performance, hearing and touch, gestures and vibrations, and bodies in motion. Photographs, scores and films by artists such as Dawoud Bey, Mark Bradford, Roy DeCarava, Lee Friedlander, David Hammons, Glenn Ligon, Steve McQueen, Lorna Simpson and Ming Smith, among others, are juxtaposed with signal texts by Black authors spanning the past century, including Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, June Jordan, Robin Coste Lewis, Ishmael Reed, Greg Tate, Jean Toomer, Quincy Troupe and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Published on the occasion of the exhibition Artist’s Choice: Grace Wales Bonner—Spirit Movers, this resplendent publication is a deeply personal meditation on and around modern Black expression that echoes Wales Bonner’s own vibrant, virtuosic designs.
Grace Wales Bonner (born 1990) is the founder and artistic director of Wales Bonner. While she sees herself primarily as a researcher, her practice extends to curation, filmmaking and publishing. In 2019 she curated her first institutional exhibition, A Time for New Dreams, at the Serpentine Gallery, London. She has received numerous awards, including the LVMH Young Designer Prize (2016) and the CFDA International Men’s Designer of the Year (2021). She has also collaborated with brands including Adidas and Dior.


Above: Ruth Bernhard, “Hall Johnson Conducting His Negro Choir.” 1938. Gelatin silver print, 7 1/4 × 9 1/8" (18.4 × 23.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. Reproduced with permission of The Ruth Bernhard Archive, Princeton University Art Museum. © Trustees of Princeton University.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

New Yorker

Vince Aletti

Together, the exhibition and the book are the product of a sensibility that’s both sophisticated and intuitive, making connections across periods, mediums, and styles which are so unexpected that every object seems new.

Vogue

Laia Garcia

Less of a straightforward exhibition catalog and more of a compendium in which Wales Bonner is able to continue her explorations on the theme of sound through other mediums.

Vogue

Zachary Weiss

Designers contain multitudes. The clothing and accessories one sees on the runway are often steeped in layers upon layers of inspiration and points of reference in history. This holds true for Grace Wales Bonner.

Vogue

Zachary Weiss

Designers contain multitudes. The clothing and accessories one sees on the runway are often steeped in layers upon layers of inspiration and points of reference in history. This holds true for Grace Wales Bonner.

The New York Times: Arts

Holland Cotter

What a fantastic work of poetic research.

The New York Times: Arts

Holland Cotter

What a fantastic work of poetic research.

Photograph

Vince Aletti

Louis Draper, Roy De Carava, Jeffrey Henson Scales, Dawoud Bey, Ming Smith, Beauford Smith – all look especially fine here, often with images that fix on the endlessly expressive common ground of music and style. Even if the soundtrack is only implied, you can’t get it out of your head.

Financial Times: How To Spend It

Enuma Okoro

Her discoveries through images and texts have helped her make sense of place, belonging and a multicultural heritage, while the openness and freedom she finds in literature makes a good balance to her equal need for tradition and structure.

Financial Times: How To Spend It

Inès Cross

Rich with archival imagery from Lee Friedlander’s portraits of jazz musician Miles Davis to street scenes in 1970s South Africa captured by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/5/2024

'Dream in the Rhythm' via the poetic vision of Grace Wales Bonner

'Dream in the Rhythm' via the poetic vision of Grace Wales Bonner

“I think of the solo instrumentalist, who paints a dream in the sky—a singular guide whose roaming sound opens space for collective experience, who may even offer some connection to the divine, the portal of a free harmony.” ⁠So writes Grace Wales Bonner in the introduction to Dream in the Rhythm: Visions of Sound and Spirit in the MoMA Collection, the London-based fashion designer’s deeply personal meditation on and around modern Black expression, published to accompany the exhibition on view now at MoMA. An “archive of soulful expression,” this is a book whose visual poetry itself speaks volumes. “Beyond the immaculate individual expression, I hear an enthralling symphony," Wales Bonner concludes her essay. “It is a call to leap into this wider consciousness. To constellate here is to be part of something complete and yet unfolding in the moment. More magnificent than seeing is to dream in the rhythm.” Featured here is a 1990 photograph by Beuford Smith, founder of Cesaire Photo Agency and a founder and chief photo editor of the Black Photographers Annual. It is titled “Kiane Zawadi/Euphonium Player, Brooklyn, NY.” ⁠ continue to blog


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