Installation view of “5+1,” 1969

A cord travels across a floor and ends in a coiled circle.

Photograph by Tina Tranter. © Estate of Tina Tranter. Courtesy Frank Bowling Archive.

In October 1969, “5+1” opened in a classroom space at Stony Brook University. Organized by Bowling at university professor Lawrence Alloway’s invitation, the exhibition presented abstract works by Melvin Edwards, Daniel LaRue Johnson, Al Loving, Jack Whitten, William T. Williams, and Bowling himself.