Frist Art Museum / 919 Broadway January 26 - April 28th

LaToya M. Hobbs

Carving a New Tradition, guest curated by Dr. Rebecca VanDiver, showcases a selection of woodblock prints and mixed-media artwork from the Arkansas-born, Baltimore-based painter and printmaker LaToya M. Hobbs. Her monumental five-panel woodcarving Carving Out Time (2020–21) anchors the exhibition and exemplifies Hobbs’ explorations of Black womanhood, cultural identity, and artistic legacy.

While honoring the rich traditions of woodblock printmaking and her Black artistic foremothers, Hobbs pushes the medium’s boundaries and incorporates mixed media elements. Hobbs is a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a founding member of Black Women of Print, an artistic collective that seeks to make the past, present, and future work of Black women printmakers more visible.

Carving a New Tradition: The Art of LaToya M. Hobbs is organized by the Frist Art Museum with Dr. Rebecca VanDiver, associate professor of African American art at Vanderbilt University.

Image: LaToya Hobbs. Carving Out Time (detail), 2020–21. Oil-based printing ink and acrylic paint on 15 carved cherry plywood panels; 96 x 720 in. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Anonymous Gift; and Art Fund established with exchange funds from gifts of Dr. and Mrs. Edgar F. Berman, Equitable Bank, N.A., Geoffrey Gates, Sandra O. Moose, National Endowment for the Arts, Lawrence Rubin, Philip M. Stern, and Alan J. Zakon; BMA 2022.11. Image courtesy of The Baltimore Museum of Art