Objects of Affection (Exhibition Catalog)

Beverly McIver

McIver’s paintings are a voyage in self-revelation from her earlier self-portraits in white face (the clown) to black face (confronting the black stereotype); to more recently, the unmasking of her skin, body and feelings as she explores her identity as an artist and as an African American.

In this exhibition, McIver continues her quest to understand herself, particularly focusing upon her father, who she met for the first time at 17, her mentally disabled sister, for whom she is a guardian, and her small black doll, her alter ego. Father, Sister, Doll, all objects of affection and for Beverly, objects of revelation.

“Objects of Affection” (Sept 7-Oct 15, 2016) was McIver’s third solo exhibition with the Betty Cuningham Gallery in New York.