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. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

DALLAS: FAHAMU PECOU

The People Could Fly
February 18 - March 25, 2017

CONDUIT GALLERY
1626 C Hi Line Drive 
Dallas, TX

An exhibition of large-scale drawings and installation by the Atlanta-based artist.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

SEATTLE: ROBERT PRUITT

PLANETARY SURVEY: New Drawings
March 2 - April 29, 2017

PROGRAPHICA/KOPLIN DE RIO GALLERY
313 Occidental Avenue South
Seattle, WA

In his statement for the exhibition, the artist writes:

"This exhibition is a survey of the last two years of my drawing practice. The works on display maintain the signature stark compositions of my work and usual interplay between notions of futurism, traditional world cultures, contemporary black culture and politics. New to my process, however is a reduction in the literal representation of these references and ideas. Adornments of headdresses, jewelry and costuming give way to more abstract representations in the form of, amongst other things, absurd hair designs recalling the constructions in the work of Bill Traylor, rocket engine call signs as tattoos and geometric patterning evoking masquerade costumes of Central and West Africa. Along with these references to the fantastic, I apply a deliberate and realistic rendering of the human body as the central axis in recovering an inherent Black humanity."

- Robert Pruitt 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

MILWAUKEE: DELLA WELLS

Della Wells: A Spiritual Journey
February 16 - May 14, 2017

MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART
Saint John's On the Lake
1800 North Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

Through colorful collages, drawings, dolls and quilts Della Wells blends her personal experiences with explorations of culture.

Monday, February 13, 2017

CHICAGO: DERRICK ADAMS

Tell Me Something Good
February 24 - April 1, 2017

RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY
118 North Peoria Street
Chicago, IL

Sunday, February 12, 2017

NEW YORK: SAYA WOOLFALK

ChimaCloud and the Pose System
February 16 - March 25, 2017

LESLIE TONKONOW ARTWORKS + PROJECTS
535 West 22nd Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY

Saturday, February 11, 2017

CHICAGO: WALL OF RESPECT

The Wall of Respect: Vestiges, Shards and Legacies
February 25 - July 30, 2017

CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER
Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL

This exhibition chronicles how the Organization of Black Arts and Culture -- a collection of 14 designers, photographers, painters and others -- designed and produced a seminal mural for and within Chicago's Black South Side communities. The Wall of Respect received national critical acclaim when it was unveiled in 1967 and its legacy has reemerged today as one of the most significant projects in Chicago's storied public art history. Part of the City of Chicago's Year of Public Art

Friday, February 10, 2017

LONDON: MAKING JAMAICA

Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s
February 24 - April 22, 2017

AUTOGRAPH ABP
Rivington Place (off Rivington Street)
London, UK

This exhibit uncovers the history of how the image of modern Jamaica as a tourist destination -- and tropical commodity -- was created through photography.


Making Jamaica also includes new work by contemporary artist Ingrid Pollard.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO: ENDURING IN VISION AND LINKED IN TRADITION

Selected Works by Four Generations of African-American Women Artists
February 11 - April 8, 2017

Curated by Alitash Kebede

Featuring Works by

Nanette Carter
Elizabeth Catlett
Kenturah Davis
Lois Mailou Jones
Gwendolyn Knight
Samella Lewis
Mary Lovelace O'Neil
Alison Saar
Betye Saar
Lezley Saar
Eve Sandler
Lisa C. Soto
Elisabeth Sunday

ROBERT & FRANCES FULLERTON MUSEUM OF ART
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA

This exhibit presents works by 13 highly accomplished artists, who represent four generations of African-American women in the art world, from the first half of the 20th century to the present.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

ACQUISITION: THORNTON DIAL, LONNIE HOLLEY, RONALD LOCKETT ET AL.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Make Historic Acquisition of 62 Works of African American Art from the Soul Grown Deep Foundation

MEDIA NEWS: NARI WARD

We the People: Nari Ward to re-create monumental work in New York

Installation at Socrates Sculpture Park Takes Political Turn

Nari Ward Receives Vilcek Prize for Immigrant Artists, With $100,000 Cash Award

Former Gardner Museum artist-in-residence wins Vilcek Prize

Prize-Winning Immigrant Artist Addresses Issues Of Identity Through Sculpture



MEDIA NEWS: KARA WALKER

Kara Walker, Danh Vo, MOCA, Marian Goodman Sign Petition Against Immigration Ban

CHICAGO: RHONDA WHEATLEY

A Modern Day Shaman's Hybrid Devices, Power Objects, and Cure Books
February 12 - May 7, 2017

HYDE PARK ART CENTER
Cleve E. Carney Gallery
5020 South Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL

In her first solo exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center, Rhonda Wheatley showcases sculptures using vintage and found materials which act as tools of healing and transformation.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

AUSTRALIA: JOHN AKOMFRAH

Perth International Arts Festival 2017: John Akomfrah
February 11 - April 30, 2017

JOHN CURTIN GALLERY
Building 200
Curtin University
Kent Street
Bentley Western Australia

Leading British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah brings Perth two new major film installations, Vertigo Sea and Auto De Fé.

Press:

Sea works pulse with power

Friday, February 3, 2017

DURHAM: NINA CHANEL ABNEY

Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush
February 16 - July 16, 2017

NASHER MUSEUM OF ART AT DUKE UNIVERSITY
2001 Campus Drive
Durham, NC

Nasher presents the first solo exhibition in a museum for Abney.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

CINCINNATI: NOEL ANDERSON

Blak Origin Moment
February 6 - June 18, 2017

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER
44 East 6th Street
Cincinnati, OH

Through a diverse means of representation, this show seeks to examine material and immaterial manifestations of contemporary black masculine thought as expressed through analog (historical) and contemporary (digital) means. Works in this exhibit range from prints and woven photographic textiles to video and live performances.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

MEDIA NEWS: BLACK HISTORY MONTH ART REMOVED AFTER PARENTS COMPLAINED

West coast artist Mark Harris' show of "agitprop" art viewed "offensive." 

MEDIA NEWS: EDMONIA LEWIS

Google Honors Famous African American Female Sculptor With Doodle

Iconic Fine Arts Sculptor Edmonia Lewis Honored in Google Doodle

Google Kicks Off Black History Month With Doodle of Sculptor Edmonia Lewis

Google Doodle Salutes Pioneering Sculptor Edmonia Lewis To Kick Off Black History Month

NEW YORK: SHINIQUE SMITH

Secret Garden Laughing Place
January 27 - June 25, 2017

SUGAR HILL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ART & STORYTELLING
898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street
New York, NY

From sugarhillmuseum.org:

"Children are encouraged to crawl and directly engage with a vibrant installation by artist Shinique Smith. Secret Garden Laughing Place is an expansive labyrinth and abstract painting that contemplates matters of transnational consumption, as well as the human need for play and wonder. This exhibition expand's the Museum's year-long survey of the question 'What does it mean to be a global citizen?' Small visitors [are encouraged] to think about our inter-connectivity as humans, our role in waste production, and our relationship to this planet."