Thursday, July 20, 2017

DETROIT: SAY IT LOUD

Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion
July 23, 2017 - January 2, 2018

THE CHARLES H. WRIGHT MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI

From thewright.org:


Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion
is a two-part exhibition that commemorates the 1960s rebellions, observes the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion, and compares the uprisings of the past to the upheavals that shocked our nation in the 21st century.

The first part of Say It Loud [is] installed outside on the museum’s grounds. Using photographs and quotes, which present the events that led up to the Detroit rebellion and describe what occurred in its aftermath. United We Stand, the 24-foot sculpture by Charles McGee, serves as a symbol for the only way that Detroit can continue to manifest and maintain change for the future. We invite visitors to view these installations anytime of the day or night.


The second part of Say It Loud [is] presented inside the museum’s AT&T and Chase Galleries, during regular museum hours. This exhibition brings together more than 40 nationally recognized artists from multiple generations and relies on works across disciplines to help illustrate the awe, tragedy, and potential for transformation when the people rebel.

DETROIT: ART OF REBELLION

Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement
July 23 - October 22, 2017

DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS (DIA)
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI

From dia.org:
Explore powerful artworks by African American artists who formed collectives during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. These collectives, made up of artists working together in distinct groups, created art specifically for African American audiences that asserted black identity and racial justice.

This exhibition includes 34 paintings, sculptures, installations and photographs produced by artists working both collectively and independently to address social and political issues surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and today. Situated within the story of these collectives is the Detroit rebellion of 1967.

Friday, June 30, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS: THE SHOP

The Shop: An Exhibition Based on the Iconography and Culture of the Black Barbershop
July 1 - July 15, 2017

Curated by CRICE Kahlil

Featuring works by

Noah Lawrence-Holder
CRICE Khalil
Seitu Jones
Candice Davis
Ta–coumba Aiken 

Emma Eubanks 
Bobby Rogers
Keith Williams


From publicfunctionary.org:

The Shop is a multi-media art exhibition based on the iconography and culture of the Black barbershop. The exhibition recalls the Afro-centric rumination central to the barbershop experience. Black hair, historically an object of ridicule, has evolved into a symbol of pride and rebellion. The barbershop is a microcosm of the African American experience. It is a place where the past, present and future combine and authenticity is valued most.

The works will showcase a wide array of artistic disciplines including paintings, photography, screen prints, drawings and digital art, sharing different perspectives in response to the importance of the barbershop experience to the Black community. The show will feature both emerging and established Black artists creating work around the theme, a rare cross-generational collective show highlighting African American artists collectively engaging with the broader Minneapolis arts scene.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

EAST HAMPTON: COLOR PEOPLE (CURATED BY RASHID JOHNSON)

Color People
July 1 - July 25, 2017

Participating artists:

Marina Adams
McArthur Binion
Robert Colescott
Sam Gilliam
Alteronce Gumby
Mary Heilmann
Loie Hollowell
Tony Lewis
Walter Price
Nathaniel Mary Quinn
Amy Sherald
Bob Thompson
Mary Weatherford

RENTAL GALLERY
87 Newton Lane
East Hampton, NY

From Rental Gallery e-blast:

"Color People is an exhibition I've long considered organizing. It's born of a twenty-year obsession with the work of the artist Bob Thompson. The artists included are a wide range of painters whose works perform differently but with a shared radicality in their employment and understanding of color. This exhibition doesn't speak to a time or place. The relationships formed here between works are often opaque and intentionally diverse. Some of these artists are heroes of mine, while others I've only recently been introduced to. They're bonded by my interest in their work. I've often found that artist-organized exhibitions are most successful when the artist chooses to include works they wish they'd made themselves. This exhibition follows that philosophy."  –Rashid Johnson







Tuesday, June 27, 2017

NEW YORK: ALVIN BALTROP

At the Hudson River Piers
June 29 - August 19, 2017

Images selected by Douglas Crimp

GALERIE BUCHHOLZ
17 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 

From Third Steaming (3S) e-blast:

"The photographs of Alvin Baltrop (1948-2004) were virtually unknown during the artist’s lifetime. A working-class African-American many of whose photographs are sexually explicit, Baltrop encountered only rejection. In the past decade, his work has belatedly begun to be exhibited, including at Third Streaming and MoMA/PS1 in New York City, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, and the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston. By far the largest cache of Baltrop’s extant photographs depicts the scene at the dilapidated Hudson River piers adjacent to Greenwich Village and the Meat Packing District. During the 1970s and into the 1980s, when Baltrop photographed there, the piers were a site of pleasure and danger for men seeking sex, sunbathing, making a provisional home, or just hanging out and taking in the splendor of the industrial ruins. More nefarious deeds also took place: theft, gay-bashing, even murder." - Douglas Crimp

Saturday, June 24, 2017

MILWAUKEE: RASHID JOHNSON

Hail We Now Sing Joy
June 23 - September 17, 2017

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM
700 North Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI

From mam.org:

Hail We Now Sing Joy is an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by acclaimed Chicago native Rashid Johnson. Using his signature materials of white ceramic tile, red oak flooring, shea butter, black soap, and wax, Johnson examines themes of race, history, yearning, anxiety, and escape and investigates the relationship between art, society, and personal identity. Fourteen of the artist’s large-scale works will fill the Museum’s entire feature exhibition space; their impact is as monumental as their size.

Monday, June 12, 2017

CINCINNATI: NJIDEKA AKUNYILI CROSBY

The Predecessors
July 14 - October 1, 2017

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER
44 East 6th Street
Cincinnati, OH

The Predecessors mines deep into Akunyili Crosby's past, collecting portraits of her Nigerian family in a range of domestic settings. This exhibition will unite this seminal series for the first time, bringing together individual pieces from London, Johannesburg, New York and Los Angeles to celebrate a formative body in an artist's rapidly emerging voice.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

NASHVILLE: WESLEY CLARK

The Prophet's Library
May 13 - July 8, 2017

TINNEY CONTEMPORARY
237 5th Avenue
Nashville, TN

From tinneycontemporary.com:

Wesley Clark's work focuses on the issues faced by African-Americans and the African diaspora. He explores race, politics, and history using various tactile materials. Clark describes The Prophet's Library as "a narratively driven collection of artifacts." His previous showing at Tinney Contemporary offered pieces made mostly from wood, but this new work experiments with resin sculpture, mixed media printmaking, and painting.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: EDMONIA LEWIS GRAVE RESTORATION

A GoFundMe campaign has been established to help with the restoration of Edmonia Lewis's gravesite in London, England.

Click here for details.

Friday, May 5, 2017

NEW YORK: WHITFIELD LOVELL

Whitfield Lovell: What's Past is Prologue, Early Works 1987-1998
May 4 - June 11, 2017

DC MOORE GALLERY
535 West 22nd Street
New York, NY

This exhibition is comprised of over thirty large- and medium- scale works on paper. It's the first time in several decades that such an extensive collection of Lovell's earliest body of work is on view. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

NEW YORK: NATHANIEL MARY QUINN

Nathaniel Mary Quinn: On That Faithful Day
May 2 - June 3, 2017

HALF GALLERY
43 East 78th Street
New York, NY

From halfgallery.com:

"Quinn's skill is such that his delicate hand records his visions as translated through media fragments, refracting the summation of the lives and experiences of those he portrays to immerse the viewer into his world." 

                                                                                                                        -- Kathleen Madden


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

NEW YORK: LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For a Cipher
May 3 - September 9, 2017

THE NEW MUSEUM
235 Bowery 
New York, NY

This exhibition debuts a new body of work by the British artist.


Monday, April 24, 2017

NEW YORK: ROBERT HODGE

Robert Hodge: Rhythm for the Suffering
April 29 - July 2, 2017

FREIGHT + VOLUME
97 Allen Street 
New York, NY

From Freight + Volume:

In the show, Hodge presents a new body of allusive multi-media work, probing themes of cultural identity and resilience within a framework of dynamically layered narratives and source materials. The theme of resilience underscores Rhythm for the Suffering, and his choice of texts, drawn primarily from song lyrics, resonates strongly with this idea, communicating a sense of energetic perseverance and optimism.

Press:



Sunday, April 23, 2017

CHICAGO: FIRELEI BÁEZ

Firelei Báez: Vessels of Genealogies
April 21 - August 6, 2017

DEPAUL ART MUSEUM
935 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL

From museums.depaul.edu: 

Firelei Báez is a Dominican-American artist whose large-scale paintings, drawings, and textiles evoke the beauty and political implications of hairstyles, textiles, and tattoos for those whose cultural identities have remained traditionally absent from dominant culture.

Báez explores her own divine being signifying a wide range of imagery that attests to the artist’s own hybrid racial background. The artist developed a style in her large-scale works that challenges a traditional linear art history; these works were influenced by a wide range of images from different cultures, including techniques from Persian miniature painting, studies on the female body and subjectivities, and science fiction. She is interested in reimagining her own origins, creating labor-intensive works that explore specific issues of landscape, womanhood, and race.

This solo exhibition is organized by the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University and curated by María Elena Ortiz, Associate Curator Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

COVER: KARA WALKER | NEW YORK MAGAZINE | APRIL 17-30, 2017

Kara Walker photographed by Ari Marcopoulos for New York Magazine.


































Text by Aude White via nymag.com:
In New York Magazine’s Art and Design issue, Doreen St. Félix profiles Kara Walker, who, following her 2014 sphinx sculpture, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, is planning her next act — how to solve the problem of politics in art. “I am still wrestling with my relationship to what my art might do in the public space,” she tells St. Félix. “How I can control it.”
As New York’s photo department was researching pictures of Kara Walker, senior photo editor Roxanne Behr says they kept coming across intimate portraits of her taken by her partner, the photographer Ari Marcopoulos. “We decided to call Ari and asked him to spend a week documenting Kara’s life as an artist,” says Behr. “By collaborating with Ari, we had the chance to see intimate scenes that a produced photo shoot we could not have captured. The shirt she is wearing on the cover is one she bought in Brazil in 1999.”
Click here to read Kara Walker's Next Act

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES: KENDELL CARTER

KENDELL CARTER: MARVEL
March 11 - May 6, 2017

EDWARD CELLA ART & ARCHITECTURE
2754 South La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

Carter's first solo exhibition for the LA-based gallery. The show features cast paintings, sculpture, installation and a guided mediation by the artist on March 25th. 

Events:

Mediation for North Carolina
Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 2pm 

In Conversation: Jill Moniz and Kendell Carter
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 4pm





Saturday, March 11, 2017

DENVER: MARK BRADFORD

Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford
April 9 - July 16, 2017

DENVER ART MUSEUM
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, CO

Shade explores Clyfford Still and Mark Bradford's unique relationships to black in their paintings, whether it's used to force viewers out of their comfort zones, evoke emotions, or confront conventional notions of race.

Monday, March 6, 2017

ST. LOUIS: TRANSPARENCY SHADE (GROUP SHOW)

TRANSPARENCY SHADE: SEEING THROUGH THE SHADOW
April 7 - May 27, 2017

Curated by Modou Dieng

Featuring works by

Philip Aguirre Y. Otegui
Zoe Buckman
Kendell Carter
Kahlil Irving
Ayana Jackson
Michael Riedel
Hank Willis Thomas

PROJECTS+GALLERY
4733 McPherson Avenue 
St. Louis, MO

TRANSPARENCY SHADE: SEEING THROUGH THE SHADOW is a group exhibition of two-and three-dimensional artwork that conveys post-identity semiotics, or the use and interpretation of visual and linguistic signs and symbols that function to form identity. The artists included use cultural appropriation and hybrid materials to articulate the concept, engaging with and also problematizing such appropriation to investigate how meaning is and has been created in a postcolonial world.

Friday, March 3, 2017

BERKELEY: ERICA DEEMAN

Erica Deeman: Silhouettes
March 8 - June 11, 2017

BERKELEY ART MUSEUM & PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
2155 Center Street
Berkeley, CA

This exhibition presents Erica Deeman's series Silhouettes, thirty large-scale photographs of women from the African diaspora. Deeman's portraits employ the silhouette in conscious reference to the technique's use in the eighteenth-century pseudoscience of physiognomy. Deeman's work reveals the beauty of diverse physiognomies and suggests her subjects' power and strength of character through the scale and grace of her images.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

LOS ANGELES: KEVIN BEASLEY

Hammer Projects: Kevin Beasley
January 21 - April 23, 2017

HAMMER MUSEUM
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

New York-based artist Kevin Beasley transforms the museum's Vault Gallery into an elaborate environment inspired by Bernini's Baroque altarpiece in Saint Peter's Basilica and an infamous image of Black Panther Huey P. Newton.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

LOUISVILLE: SOUTHERN ACCENT (GROUP SHOW)

Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art
April 30 - August 20, 2017

Co-organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and the Speed Museum of Art

Featuring works by

Terry Adkins
Benny Andrews
Radcliffe Bailey
Romare Bearden
Sanford Biggers
Willie Birch
Sonya Clark
Robert Colescott
Thornton Dial
Minnie Jones Evans
Theaster Gates
Barkley L. Hendricks
Kerry James Marshall
Tameka Norris
Gordon Parks
Ebony G. Patterson
Fahamu Pecou
Amy Sherald
Xaviera Simmons
Jimmy Lee Sudduth
Hank Willis Thomas
Kara Walker
Carrie Mae Weems

SPEED MUSEUM OF ART
2035 South Third Street
Louisville, KY

Monday, February 27, 2017

NEW YORK: JEFF DONALDSON

Jeff Donaldson 
February 23 - March 25, 2017

KRAVETS WEHBY GALLERY
521 West 21st Street, Ground Floor
New York, NY

Jeff Donaldson (1932-2000) was a founding member of the AfriCOBRA collective of black visual artists formed in Chicago in 1968. This exhibition showcases works he created between 1968 and 2000.

Monday, February 20, 2017

BATON ROUGE: GUSTAVE BLACHE III

A Work In Progress: Paintings by Gustave Blache III
March 11 - June 4, 2017

LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM
100 River Road South
Downtown Baton Rouge, LA

Ordinary people engaged in the process of their everyday work forms the primary subject matter of these intimate paintings by Louisiana artist Gustave Blache III.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

DETROIT: ARTIS LANE

Emerging
February 11 - May 20, 2017

Artist Reception: Friday, March 3, 2017

THE N'NAMDI CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
52 East Forest Avenue
Detroit, MI

Artis Lane is a prominent sculptor and painter well-known for her work in portraiture and in subjects of social and political justice. Her most recent work is in the realm of Divine Metaphysics. Lane has created powerful sculptures that with their dramatic beauty portray the real man and woman as manifestations of God, Spirit and the Highest Consciousness.

DETROIT: STEPHON SENEGAL

BLU BLK
February 11 - May 20, 2017

Artist Reception: Friday, March 3, 2017

THE N'NAMDI CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
52 East Forest Avenue
Detroit, MI

Stephon Senegal's Brooklyn-based practice explores equine, human, canine and other animal structures; a reference to themes of vassalage and the tools used in the subjugation of one group by another.