Episode No. 547 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Leslie Hewitt and Cornell Watson.
Hewitt is included in “A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration” at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson. The exhibition, which was curated by Ryan N. Dennis and Jessica Bell Brown, features newly commissioned work from 12 Black artists that addresses the Great Migration. The Great Migration was the movement of more than six million Black Americans from the South to cities across the United States. The exhibition is in Jackson through September 11, when it will travel to Baltimore.
Hewitt’s photography and sculpture revisit art historical forms such as the still-life and minimalist sculpture through the lens of context, composition and the blurred boundary of where the personal and political intersect. The Minneapolis Institute of Art, the MCA Chicago, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Des Moines Art Center and the Menil Collection are among the institutions that have presented solo or two-person exhibitions of her work.
Cornell Watson’s work is included in “Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now” at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The exhibition features over 100 works by 30 artists working across North Carolina. It features work from Watson’s “Behind the Mask” series, a visual consideration of Black life in present-day America.
Air date: April 28, 2022.