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New York Times Includes Benny Andrews' Bicentennial Series at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in Its List of "10 Things to Do Now in NYC"

"Notes on 2016, From Four Decades Ago"
By Holland Cotter
December 16, 2016

"[Benny Andrews] would have had strong views on the resurgent racism and sexism of this election year. And he basically expressed those views some 40 years ago in six fantastically caustic groups of paintings and drawings called 'The Bicentennial Series,' . . . Truly art for now."

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New York Times Reviews "The Bicentennial Series" at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
By Holland Cotter
November 25, 2016

"This is the message of the 'Bicentennial Series' as a whole: Far from being a fantasia on what makes American great, it's a vision - as the election was - on what makes America America."
 


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PHOTO BY PAULA COURT

PHOTO BY PAULA COURT

 

Matana Roberts at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
November 12, 2016

Award-winning composer, saxophonist, and mixed-media practitioner Matana Roberts performed at the Benny Andrews exhibition, The Bicentennial Series, at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. Her new piece, written for a chorus of seven saxophones is called "its all a damn game," and was created in conversation with Andrews' artwork and writing.

 

 
 
 
 
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Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power
By Susan E. Cahan's
Duke University Press, 2016

Mounting Frustration chronicles African American artists' struggle for inclusion in the museum system and the historical canon during the 1960s and 70s.  Cahan offers a detailed account of Benny Andrews' work co-founding the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition (BECC), protesting exclusionary museum exhibitions, and negotiating for a greater voice for African Americans in New York's art world.