This is the first solo exhibition in a museum for Abney, a 34-year-old artist from Chicago who was identified by Vanity Fair magazine as championing the Black Lives Matter movement. The exhibition is a 10-year survey of approximately 30 of the artist's paintings, watercolors and collages.
"We are so excited to introduce this important young artist to North Carolina audiences," said Marshall N. Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and curator of the exhibition. "Through her monumental paintings, Abney gives us the chance to have a meaningful conversation about issues of racial violence and social justice. She uses bold shapes and colors and the language of today's digital and celebrity cultures to take on very controversial topics. She confronts those parts of human nature that seem easiest to ignore-prejudice, stereotypes and biases."