Grace Wales Bonner: Dream in the Rhythm

Visions of Sound and Spirit in the MoMA Collection


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An artist’s book by Grace Wales Bonner, featuring works in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Grace Wales Bonner: Dream in the Rhythm-Visions of Sound and Spirit in the MoMA Collection is an artist’s book assembled by the acclaimed London-based designer Grace Wales Bonner as “an archive of soulful expression.” Through an extraordinary selection of nearly 80 works from The Museum of Modern Art’s collection and archives, this unique volume draws multisensory connections between pictures and poems, music and performance, hearing and touch, gestures and vibrations, and bodies in motion. Photographs, scores, and performance documentation by artists like Dawoud Bey, Mark Bradford, Roy DeCarava, Lee Friedlander, David Hammons, Glenn Ligon, Steve McQueen, Lorna Simpson, and Ming Smith, among others, are juxtaposed with signal texts by Black authors spanning the past century, including Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, June Jordan, Robin Coste Lewis, Ishmael Reed, Greg Tate, Jean Toomer, Quincy Troupe, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Published on the occasion of the exhibition Artist’s Choice: Grace Wales Bonner-Spirit Movers, this resplendent publication is a deeply personal meditation on and around modern Black expression that echoes Wales Bonner’s own vibrant, virtuosic designs.

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Weight 1166 g
Dimensions 24 x 30.9 cm
Publisher name The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date 7 April 2024
Number of pages 184
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Grace Wales Bonner
Dimensions 24 x 30.9 cm
Weight 1166 g


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Grace Wales Bonner (born 1990) is the founder and artistic director of Wales Bonner. While she sees herself primarily as a researcher, her expansive artistic practice extends to curation, filmmaking, and publishing. In 2019 she curated her first institutional exhibition, A Time for New Dreams, at the Serpentine Gallery, London. She has recently launched a four-year project, Between Critique and Hope, at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, where she is lead researcher. The project attempts to use the poly-rhythmicality of Afro-Atlantic musical and artistic forms as the organizing principle for an alternative archival practice. For her work at Wales Bonner, she has received numerous awards, including the LVMH Young Designer Prize (2016) and the CFDA International Men's Designer of the Year (2021). She has also collaborated with brands including adidas Originals, Anderson & Sheppard, and Dior.

Michelle Kuo is The Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.