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Black Radical Women: This Spring, Several Group Shows Bring Together Works by African American Female Artists

Black Radical Women: This Spring, Several Group Shows Bring Together Works by African American Female Artists

  NEARLY 40 YEARS AGO, the College Art Association’s National Women’s Caucus for Art planned an exhibition featuring works by “Afro-American” women artists. Co-curated by Emily Martin and Tritobia Benjamin (1944-2014), an art historian and professor at Howard University, the show was to be presented at CAA’s 1979 annual conference in Washington, D.C. Forty-six artists—including...
Great Conversations: Ellen Gallagher, Mickalene Thomas, Kellie Jones, Betye & Alison Saar are all Talking This Month

Great Conversations: Ellen Gallagher, Mickalene Thomas, Kellie Jones, Betye & Alison Saar are all Talking This Month

Feb. 16: Betye and Alison Saar are in Conversation at CAAM, Los Angeles | Screen Shot New York Times video   THERE ARE SOME GREAT CONVERSATIONS happening between women this month. Artist Ellen Gallagher with curator Adrienne Edwards. Mickalene Thomas and scholar Beverly Guy-Sheftall. Models Pat Cleveland and Bethann Hardison. Scholar Kellie Jones with social...
Museums Mark MLK Day: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., Through the Lens of Art & Culture

Museums Mark MLK Day: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., Through the Lens of Art & Culture

  LAST YEAR, ABOUT THIS TIME, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History (NMAAHC) announced it had acquired a rare bust of Martin Luther King Jr., by Charles Alston. The bronze sculpture, one of five, was gifted to the museum by Chicago-based collectors Eric and Cheryl McKissack. (One of the editions is on display...
With Words and Deeds, President Obama Pays Tribute to the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

With Words and Deeds, President Obama Pays Tribute to the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza   AS THE ADMINISTRATION of President Barack Obama comes to a close and the inauguration of the next commander-in-chief looms, this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day takes on added significance. The occasion is particularly symbolic for the first black President of the United States. When President Obama...
January Exhibitions: Resolve to See More Art This Year

January Exhibitions: Resolve to See More Art This Year

  IF JANUARY IS ANY INDICATION, 2017 will present plenty of opportunities to see new work, new ideas, and learn more about the practices of a range of artists of African descent. This selection of exhibitions opening this month, features some of the most productive artists in the art world, others whose well-established practices are...
Global Trotting: From Toronto to London and Addis Ababa, 17 Exhibitions Present the Work of Black Artists This Summer

Global Trotting: From Toronto to London and Addis Ababa, 17 Exhibitions Present the Work of Black Artists This Summer

TRAVELING TO TORONTO? Stop by Art Gallery Ontario (AGO) in Toronto, Canada, where a pair of solo exhibitions featuring British artist Hurvin Anderson and Chicago artist Theaster Gates are on view this summer. Both are also exhibiting in Europe. There is a Gates exhibition in Milan, Italy, and “Hurvin Anderson: Dub Versions” is at the...
Spring Shows: 32 New Exhibitions Feature Innovative Works by Black Artists

Spring Shows: 32 New Exhibitions Feature Innovative Works by Black Artists

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED museum exhibitions of the season, a major survey of Kerry James Marshall‘s work, primarily focused on his painting over the past 35 years, is opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, on April 23. In September, the exhibition will travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York...
Winter Wonders: 44  Exhibitions Feature Exceptional Works by Black Artists

Winter Wonders: 44 Exhibitions Feature Exceptional Works by Black Artists

  LONG OVERDUE, THE COLORFUL AND EXPRESSIVE abstract works of Alma Thomas (1891-1978), pictured above, are being celebrated with a groundbreaking retrospective at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College in upstate New York. This summer, Thomas’s first solo museum exhibition since 2001 will travel to the Studio Museum in Harlem, which is co-organizing the show....
On the Horizon in African American Art: Artists to Watch and Events to Look Forward to in 2016

On the Horizon in African American Art: Artists to Watch and Events to Look Forward to in 2016

WITH A NEW YEAR UNDERWAY and a compelling selection of new books, exhibitions and events on the horizon, here is what to look forward to in African American and African diasporic art—the most-anticipated happenings and artists to watch in 2016: After spending January at the historic residence of a Mexican muralist, Henry Taylor will present...
Where My Girls At? 20 Black Female Artists with Solo Exhibitions on View this Fall

Where My Girls At? 20 Black Female Artists with Solo Exhibitions on View this Fall

Installation by Ebony G. Patterson.   IN JUNE, ARTNEWS DEVOTED a special issue to women in the art world and the findings revealed a major gulf between the experiences of male and female artists and curators. According to ARTnews, women are seriously underrepresented when it comes to running major museums. Female artists trail far behind...
Fall Exhibitions: 42 Must-See Museum Shows Featuring Black Artists

Fall Exhibitions: 42 Must-See Museum Shows Featuring Black Artists

DURING A TALK ABOUT COLLECTING African American art, collector Rodney Miller told curator Ruth Fine that he is a “big, big, big fan of painting.” And soon, Fine revealed to the audience gathered to hear the conversation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., that two of Miller’s paintings by Norman Lewis would...
Gallery Openings: 21 Fall Exhibitions Featuring Black Artists

Gallery Openings: 21 Fall Exhibitions Featuring Black Artists

EACH FALL BRINGS A NEW SLATE of art exhibitions, usually the best of the calendar year. This season, commercial galleries are showing an interesting mix of African American and African diasporic artists working in a range of mediums and addressing a diversity of issues. Following William Pope.L‘s “Trinket” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art,...