The first major museum exhibition devoted to the subject, Multiplicity presents 75 major collage and collage-informed works that reflect the breadth and complexity of Black identity. Featuring an intergenerational group of artists, Multiplicity explores the varying ways collage is employed and how the technique suggests diverse conceptual concerns such as cultural hybridity, notions of beauty, gender fluidity, and historical memory. By assembling pieces of paper, photographs, fabric, and salvaged or repurposed materials, these artists create unified compositions that express the endless possibilities of Black-constructed narratives despite our fragmented society.

Artists in the exhibition

  • Nina Chanel Abney
  • Derrick Adams
  • Radcliffe Bailey
  • Sanford Biggers
  • McArthur Binion
  • Brittney Boyd Bullock
  • Mark Bradford
  • Tay Butler
  • Zoë Charlton
  • Andrea Chung
  • Njideka Akunyili Crosby
  • Jamal Cyrus
  • M. Florine Démosthène
  • Derek Fordjour
  • Genevieve Gaignard
  • Lauren Halsey
  • Kahlil Robert Irving
  • Tomashi Jackson
  • Arthur Jafa
  • Rashid Johnson
  • Yashua Klos
  • YoYo Lander
  • Rick Lowe
  • Kerry James Marshall
  • Rod McGaha
  • Lester Julian Merriweather
  • Helina Metaferia
  • Wardell Milan
  • Joiri Minaya
  • Troy Montes Michie
  • Devin N. Morris
  • Wangechi Mutu
  • Narcissister
  • Rashaad Newsome
  • Lovie Olivia
  • Ebony G. Patterson
  • Howardena Pindell
  • Jamea Richmond-Edwards
  • Deborah Roberts
  • Lanecia Rouse Tinsley
  • Tschabalala Self
  • Vitus Shell
  • Devan Shimoyama
  • David Shrobe
  • Lorna Simpson
  • Nyugen Smith
  • Paul Anthony Smith
  • Shinique Smith
  • Mickalene Thomas
  • Kara Walker
  • Didier William
  • Kandis Williams

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with scholarly essays and will travel to two yet-to-be announced venues.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

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Supported by a major grant from

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Supported in part by

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Presented in part by

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Exhibition gallery

Events and programs

Member Event
Thursday, September 14, 12:00–5:30 p.m.

Member Preview: Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage

Member Event
Sunday, September 17, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Member Morning: Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage

Thursday, September 21, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Frist at Home: Multiplicity

Sunday, December 10, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Family Movie Matinee: Home (2015)

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