The Watering Hole to be shown at MoMA and The Warehouse

The Watering Hole to be shown at MoMA and The Warehouse

Dear friends,  I am delighted to share that The Watering Hole will be included in an exhibition opening on October 21 at the Museum of Modern Art celebrating their newly renovated architectural expansion. The complete set of nine panels, part of MoMA's permanent collection since 2013, will be exhibited in its entirety in New York for the first time since my exhibition with Jack Tilton Gallery in 1996.  I am deeply grateful to my dear friend Aggie Gund whose vision facilitated MoMA's acquisition of The Watering Hole and for her continued support of my work.   My first foray into using photomontage, incorporating multiple images with my personal archive and ephemera, The Watering Hole explores the semiosis of disintegration in a series of chromogenic prints. The complete series was previously featured at Art Basel Miami in 2012, at Paris Photo in the exhibition “American Photography: Recent Acquisitions from the Museum of Modern Art” and in a solo exhibition at Maruani Mercier Gallery, Brussels, both in 2014.

A complete set of The Watering Hole is also currently on view alongside new works in my solo exhibition titled "Ombre à l’Ombre" at Maruani Mercier's The Warehouse in Zaventem, Belgium, through January 2020.

There is an insightful essay by Phillip Brian Harper on The Watering Hole in the recently published anthology Among Others: Blackness at MoMA. I wish to congratulate Darby English and Charlotte Barat on this groundbreaking exploration of the museum's relationship with black artists, black audiences and the historical subject of blackness, focusing on the works in MoMA's collection.  

Warm Wishes,  


Lyle Ashton Harris