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Whitfield Lovell

The Kin Series and Related Works


$12 for adults; $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under.

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From Kin I of the series, featuring the riveting gaze of an African American male wearing a fedora with small paper US flags arrayed below his head, to Kin LX, portraying the gently turned face of an African American male peering out from behind a thicket of branches, Lovell mines the breadth and depth of human experience to reveal common bonds that transcend racial, gender, cultural, or religious difference. The provocative pairings of objects and images open up multilayered meanings for the viewer that challenge our preexisting notions and perspectives.

This focused exhibition closely examines Lovell’s narrative and formal invention in the Kin series and situates it within the broader context of his creative practice by bringing it together with a selection of his finest related works. The presentation moves freely between the intimate, enclosed spaces of the Kin and the large, open three-dimensional realms of the tableaux. To immerse oneself in the soulful reveries of Lovell’s art is to contemplate “the markings that the past has made—and continues to make—on who we are.”

Exhibition Support

The exhibition is organized by The Phillips Collection. 

The exhibition is presented by

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With support from DC Moore Gallery

Additional in-kind support is provided by 

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