David Huffman: The Social Abstractionist
Oakland-based abstract artist David Huffman takes us on a trip down memory lane, thoughtfully mapping out how basketball hoops, new wave science fiction, “Free Huey Newton” flags, progressive soul, and pyramids coalesce into the language of his work today. Huffman shares the meaning behind his piece, Double Jump — a stunning and thoughtful SFMOMA collection work which surfaces themes of activism, self-liberation, and Black identity, using basketball as a storytelling vessel.
Image and Archival Media Credits:
African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library
Koreyoshi Akasaka, Attack from Space, 1959; public domain
David Huffman, 2022; Miles McEnery Gallery
Kenneth P. Green Sr.
UFO, Ep. 6 “ESP”, 1969; ITC; public domain