I Want to Run
M + F G 2005
Objection overruled: Mr. English has just been tapped as a consulting curator in the painting and sculpture department of the Museum of Modern Art, which “is looking in a black direction,” as he puts it, and relying on him for guidance. By coincidence, the museum plans to unveil, in 2015, a full presentation of Lawrence’s “Migration” series, a suite of 60 paintings that capture the sorrows of black experience in the advanced language of French modernism, with all that implies about tilting planes and swaths of color.
The show was undertaken before Mr. English arrived at the museum, where he has been asked to broaden its holdings of African-American art and provide “deep contextualization,” he said. He is glad to have nothing to do with the Lawrence show, which will include thematically related films, photographs, books and music. “I actually despise theme shows,” he added. “They have a tendency to reduce artwork to a set of typological affinities.””