Beverly McIver, Sisters Forever, 2016, oil on canvas.
Objects of Affection, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Beverly McIver, Esbenshade Professor of the Practice of Visual Arts, opened September 7, 2016 at the Betty Cuningham Gallery in New York.
McIver's paintings are a voyage in self-revelation from her earlier self-portraits in white face (the clown) to black face (confronting the black stereotype); to more recently, the unmasking of her skin, body and feelings as she explores her identity as an artist and as an African American.
In this exhibition, McIver continues her quest to understand herself, particularly focusing upon her father, who she met for the first time at 17, her mentally disabled sister, for whom she is a guardian, and her small black doll, her alter ego. Father, Sister, Doll, all objects of affection and for Beverly, objects of revelation.
An illustrated catalogue is available; the exhibition continues through October 15, 2016.