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Just Above Midtown:
1974 to the Present

October 09, 2022 – February 18, 2023

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces Just Above Midtown: 1974 to the Present. It will be the first museum exhibition to focus exclusively on Just Above Midtown (JAM), an art gallery and self-described laboratory for African American artists and artists of color that was led by Linda Goode Bryant from 1974 until 1986. Initially located in the heart of New York’s major commercial gallery district, JAM was founded by Linda Goode Bryant with the explicit purpose of “being in but not of the art world.” By the time JAM closed its doors, it had established itself as one of the most vibrant and influential alternative art spaces in New York, embracing work by abstract, self-taught artists, organizing groundbreaking exhibitions that thematized the idea of mixture in art and society, and fostering critiques of the commercialization of art.

Organized by Thomas J. Lax, Curator, with Lilia Rocio Taboada, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance, in collaboration with Linda Goode Bryant. With thanks to Marielle Ingram and Argyro Nicolaou.

Leadership funding for the exhibition is provided by the Leontine S. and Cornell G. Ebers Endowment Fund, the Jon Stryker Endowment, and by The Black Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

Generous support is provided by the Alice L. Walton Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

MoMA Audio is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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Senga Nengudi performing Air Propo at JAM, 1981. Courtesy Senga Nengudi and Lévy Gorvy.