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Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art - President Obama Opens New Smithsonian African American Museum

Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art – President Obama Opens New Smithsonian African American Museum

RETROSPECTIVE is a review of the latest news and happenings related to art by and about people of African descent. This week, highlights include the long-awaited opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; the announcement of the MacArthur Foundation’s 2016 fellows, including Kellie Jones and...
President Obama Dedicates New Smithsonian African American Museum, Quotes Langston Hughes Declaring 'I, Too, Am America'

President Obama Dedicates New Smithsonian African American Museum, Quotes Langston Hughes Declaring ‘I, Too, Am America’

Embed from Getty Images   For while the tale of how we suffer and how we are delighted and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard – President Obama, quoting James Baldwin   RINGING A HISTORIC CHURCH BELL, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle...
Gifted: Photographer Jaimie Milner Pays Tribute to Beauty, Ingenuity of Black Men

Gifted: Photographer Jaimie Milner Pays Tribute to Beauty, Ingenuity of Black Men

Jaimie Milner and some of the men she has photographed discuss the Gifted project.   FOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS, Jaimie Milner has been photographing black men. She describes the process as an exploration of the “beauty and ingenuity of black men today.” Milner has made portraits of more than...
With the Smithsonian African American Museum Set to Open in Washington, the Entire City is Brimming with Black Art

With the Smithsonian African American Museum Set to Open in Washington, the Entire City is Brimming with Black Art

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is exhibiting works from its collection by African American artists including WILLIAM H. JOHNSON.   WITH THE GRAND OPENING of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) less than a week away, anticipation is palpable. Visitor passes for the opening weekend...
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MacArthur Foundation Announces 2016 Fellows, Including Scholar-Curator Kellie Jones and Artist Joyce J. Scott

MacArthur Foundation Announces 2016 Fellows, Including Scholar-Curator Kellie Jones and Artist Joyce J. Scott

From left, 2016 MacArthur Foundation Fellows Joyce J. Scott and Kellie Jones. | Courtesy Mac Foundation   EVERY SEPTEMBER, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation selects a new class of MacArthur Fellows, among the most creative and innovative people in the arts, science, and beyond. This year’s winners include art historian and curator...
Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art - Hamza Walker to Head LAXART, National Medal of Arts Announced

Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art – Hamza Walker to Head LAXART, National Medal of Arts Announced

RETROSPECTIVE is a review of the latest news and happenings related to art by and about people of African descent, with a few nods to culture thrown in. This week, highlights include news that President Obama created a national monument, will honor artists Jack Whitten and Ralph Lemon with the National Medal of Arts, and...
Stanley Nelson Directs Premiere Episode of ART21 Featuring Chicago Artists Nick Cave and Theaster Gates

Stanley Nelson Directs Premiere Episode of ART21 Featuring Chicago Artists Nick Cave and Theaster Gates

Embed from Getty Images   CHICAGO HAS A VIBRANT ART SCENE, which surprised director Stanley Nelson. The Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker known for telling stories about the Freedom Riders, Emmett Till, Wounded Knee, Jonestown, Oak Bluffs, the Black Press, and most recently, the Black Panthers, has trained his lens on Chicago artists. Nelson is directing...
Lorna Simpson Goes to Washington, Gives Inaugural Photography Lecture at National Gallery of Art

Lorna Simpson Goes to Washington, Gives Inaugural Photography Lecture at National Gallery of Art

LORNA SIMPSON, “Untitled (Two Necklines),” 1989   WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two days after her new exhibition of paintings opened at Salon 94 in New York, Lorna Simpson gave a talk at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She offered a visual journey of her practice over the past three decades, sharing the concepts...
Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art - Fall Exhibitions Open in New York, Los Angeles

Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art – Fall Exhibitions Open in New York, Los Angeles

RETROSPECTIVE is a review of the latest news and happenings related to art by and about people of African descent. This week, highlights include news that Elizabeth Catlett‘s alma mater is attempting make amends for a decades-old discriminatory housing policy. David Adjaye and Chris Ofili may be lighting London’s historic bridges. Steve McQueen won the...
At Smithsonian, Carl Van Vechten's Photographs Document Familiar Faces, Key Figures From Harlem's Heydays

At Smithsonian, Carl Van Vechten’s Photographs Document Familiar Faces, Key Figures From Harlem’s Heydays

Artist Jacob Lawrence, photo by CARL VAN VECHTEN   SOME OF THE MOST AMAZING PORTRAITS of 20th century Harlem figures were captured by Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964). A writer and photographer, Van Vechten socialized with the greats of African American arts and letters, including Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. A white patron of the...
Culture Talk: Curator Lauren Haynes on Bringing the Colorful, Abstract Paintings of Alma Thomas to Harlem's Studio Museum

Culture Talk: Curator Lauren Haynes on Bringing the Colorful, Abstract Paintings of Alma Thomas to Harlem’s Studio Museum

ALMA THOMAS, “Snoopy Sees Earth Wrapped in Sunset,” 1970 (acrylic on canvas). | Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist; Courtesy Studio Museum in Harlem   AT A TIME WHEN MOST ARTISTS are in the sunset of their careers, Alma Thomas (1891-1978) was on the rise. Recognized for her expressive abstract paintings, her exuberant use...
In First Date Movie 'Southside With You,' Paintings by Ernie Barnes Fuel Connection Between Barack and Michelle Obama

In First Date Movie ‘Southside With You,’ Paintings by Ernie Barnes Fuel Connection Between Barack and Michelle Obama

  A VISIT TO A MUSEUM, helped Barack Obama win Michelle Robinson’s heart. “Southside With You,” a new film about the first couple’s first date, includes a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. There they view an exhibition that features paintings by Ernie Barnes (1938-2009), representational works reflecting the African American experience with lithe...
Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art - Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter

Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art – Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter

RETROSPECTIVE is a review of the latest news and happenings related to art by and about people of African descent. This week, highlights include news that black women artists gathered in New York in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Also motivated by the movement, a group of black creative directors launched an initiative...
Frieze at 25: British Magazine Marks Milestone Anniversary with Chris Ofili Cover, Review of Significant Artworks Since 1991

Frieze at 25: British Magazine Marks Milestone Anniversary with Chris Ofili Cover, Review of Significant Artworks Since 1991

  TO MARK ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY, the September issue of Frieze magazine features three different covers and a review of the 25 most significant works of art produced over the past quarter century—one for each year since 1991. Chris Ofili was commissioned to create one of the covers for the special issue and was the...
Artist Kara Walker Made Shadow Puppets for Santigold's New Music Video

Artist Kara Walker Made Shadow Puppets for Santigold’s New Music Video

Kara Walker’s puppets for the “Banshee” video include a likeness of Santigold.   THE NEW VIDEO for “Banshee,” a track on Santigold’s recent album 99¢, starts off like many others. It’s a street scene filmed in black-and-white, a visual narrative meant to bring the song’s lyrics to life. Soon, however, it becomes clear that this...
Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art - Willie Cole's Work is Helping to School KU Students

Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art – Willie Cole’s Work is Helping to School KU Students

RETROSPECTIVE is a review of the latest news and happenings related to art by and about people of African descent. This week, highlights include news that timed entry tickets for the Sept. 24 grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., will be released starting this morning; an...