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2 July 2022 – 30 October 2022, 11am – 5pm

Kettle’s Yard is pleased to present Howardena Pindell: A New Language, the artist’s first solo institutional exhibition in the UK. The exhibition comes to Kettle’s Yard from Fruitmarket, Edinburgh before travelling to Spike Island, Bristol. The exhibition brings together work from Pindell’s six decade long career including paintings, works on paper and video. The exhibition tracks the development of Pindell’s artistic language, and examines her work as exemplary in articulating empowerment.

A New Language is organised by the Fruitmarket, Edinburgh in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and Spike Island, Bristol

Exhibition Events

4 July 2022: Exhibition Opening 

5 July 2022: Teachers Evening

15 July 2022: Exhibition Tour

12 August 2022: Exhibition Tour

30 September 2022: Symposium

About Howardena Pindell

Howardena Pindell (b.1943, Philadelphia, PA) works across painting and film. She is an activist, critic and teacher who spent over a decade working at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, as one of the institution’s first Black curators. Largely known for her monumentally scaled abstract canvases, Pindell has expanded the definition of what abstract painting can be through her inclusion of glitter, paper circles made from punched holes, and the layering of mixed media and scent. She rose to prominence through the late 1970s and early 1980s and had a major solo exhibition at the Studio Museum, Harlem in 1986.

Throughout her career Pindell has exhibited extensively. Notable solo and group exhibitions include: the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Whitney Museum of American Art; PS1, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Museum Brandhorst, Munich. In 2020, an exhibition of new work at The Shed, New York articulated Pindell’s response to racism and white supremacy against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement and growing international outrage at anti-Black state violence in the US and elsewhere, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.


Howardena Pindell, Still from Free, White and 21, 1980. U-matic, colour and sound, 12minutes, 15 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery and Victoria Miro.

Howardena Pindell, Text, 1975. Ink on paper collage, 18.1 x 31.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery and Victoria Miro.

Howardena Pindell, Columbus, 2020. Mixed media on canvas, 274.3 x 304.8 cm. Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery and Victoria Miro.

Howardena Pindell, Plankton Lace #1, 2020. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy the artist, Garth Greenan Gallery and Victoria Miro.


The galleries on the ground floor are wheelchair accessible. They can be physically accessed from the entrance area by steps or a ramp. There is a lift up to the Edlis Neeson Research Space.