In Conversation: Nina Chanel Abney


6:30pm  — 7:30pm


Neuberger Museum of Art

Join the conversation as contemporary artist Nina Chanel Abney discusses her work and its humorous, provocative, and sometimes alarming narratives addressing issues of social justice, racial dynamics, politics and celebrity, and other aspects of American culture.  

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Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush is the first solo museum exhibition for the Chicago-born artist. The exhibition is a ten-year survey of approximately 30 of the artist’s paintings, watercolors and collages.
Born in 1982, Abney is at the forefront of a generation of artists that is unapologetically revitalizing narrative figurative painting, and as a skillful storyteller, she visually articulates the complex social dynamics of contemporary urban life. Her monumental paintings are lively menageries that feature violent villains, unwitting victims, aspirational heroes and ineffectual anti-heroes, set against the backdrop of narratives that touch on politics, race, homophobia, celebrity, consumerism and other potentially incendiary topics. The artist has said that her work is “easy to swallow, hard to digest,” and certainly its playful and seductive nature belies its often serious tone. Abney was identified by Vanity Fair magazine as one of the many artists championing the Black Lives Matter movement.
The exhibition is on view from February 27 through June 30, 2019.


$10 for non-members

Free for members and Purchase College students, faculty and staff.



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