Promotional poster for “Afro-American Artists: New York and Boston,” 1970

A promotional poster for “Afro-American Artists: New York and Boston."

Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists records (M042). Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections, Boston, Massachusetts. Box 26, Folder 1.

Bowling contributed the painting Mel Edwards Decides (1969) to “Afro-American Artists: New York and Boston.” The work’s title references the decision by Melvin Edwards—who exhibited his art alongside Bowling’s in “5+1”—to decline participating in the MFA’s exhibition.