Celeste Dupuy-Spencer

Prospect 5. Yesterday we said tomorrow (group show)
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans
6 November 2021 – 23 January 2022

Image: Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, There’ll Be Nobody Hiding (When That Rough God Goes Riding), 2020, oil on linen, 244.5 x 267 cm.; 96 1/4 x 105 1/8 in., © Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, photo: def image
Image: Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, There’ll Be Nobody Hiding (When That Rough God Goes Riding), 2020, oil on linen, 244.5 x 267 cm.; 96 1/4 x 105 1/8 in., © Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, photo: def image

Prospect 5: Yesterday we said tomorrow is the fifth edition of Prospect New Orleans, a citywide art exhibition. Inspired by New Orleans jazz musician Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s 2010 album Yesterday You Said Tomorrow, the title of the exhibition centers the unspoken present, the place where past and future come together, and where other courses of action become possible. The exhibition title also implies the deferral of meaningful change, which often comes slowly or not at all. The artists and ideas that define this exhibition confront this truth, and the stark realities of history, but also suggest that we might yet plot a different future.

Prospect.5 features an intergenerational group of 51 artists from the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe. The artists have created projects that emerge from research into place, express connections to the past and to land, and seek to form and reflect community. They have considered the ways in which history continues to shape the present, and their artworks are testaments to acts of ritual, selfhood, and modes of resistance that define daily life in New Orleans and beyond. Their projects offer spaces of memorialization and mourning, and of imagination and togetherness. Works by Celeste Dupuy-Spencer will be on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art until 22 January 2022.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art


Giulia Andreani, Louise Bonnet, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer et al.

Stretching the Body (group show)
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebardengo, Torino
5 November 2021 – 30 January 2022

The Stretching the Body group exhibition brings together a group of thirteen women artists from different generations and geographical origins, who through the medium of painting reflect on the genre of portraiture and the theme of the human figure. The exhibition title is a play on words in the English language, referencing the classic action of stretching the canvas and the physical exercise of stretching in order to highlight the space of painting as a physical and conceptual perimeter within which to explore new notions of corporeality.

Through a variety of stylistic stratagems, the exhibition artists distance themselves from the canon of representing the body in the Western pictorial tradition, investigating issues central to today, like racial identity, gender identity, power relations, memory and knowledge as they traverse physical experience.

Elongated or deformed, abstract or geometrically constructed, the body lies at the centre of their artistic investigation and formal experimentation, emerging as a contested space, a zone of conflict between definitions and belonging, in which limits between subject and object are continually called into question.

The exhibition is laid out as two main spaces: the first presents works that depict a broad range of scenes, exploring the relationship between individual figures, groups of people and domestic/urban architectural spaces. Laden with references to genres and iconography from the history of painting, as well as more contemporary imagery, these works create microcosms in which bodies live and act, tell stories and offer experiences about our private and collective lives.

In a dynamic process of deconstruction/reconstruction that tests the very limits of perceiving and defining the human figure, body manipulation is accentuated in the second exhibition space. The resulting bodies are multiform, fragmented, ambiguous, fused, exposed, immense, fluid, and paradoxical: leveraging the pictorial medium’s expressive possibilities, the artists assert the illusory nature of the univocal, normative concept of identity, celebrating the multiplicity that exists within and beyond the boundaries of our skin.

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo