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Artful Wisdom: Kerry James Marshall, Claudia Rankine, Leslie King-Hammond Among Speakers at 2017 Commencements

Artful Wisdom: Kerry James Marshall, Claudia Rankine, Leslie King-Hammond Among Speakers at 2017 Commencements

Artist Kerry James Marshall delivers remarks at Columbia College Chicago commencement on May 14. | Video by Columbia College Chicago   MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO, when Kerry James Marshall left Los Angeles to move to New York, his friend and fellow artist Carrie Mae Weems called Dawoud Bey, who was living in the city....
LaToya Ruby Frazier and Nari Ward Among 16 Artists Participating in Creative Time's Political 'Pledges of Allegiance'

LaToya Ruby Frazier and Nari Ward Among 16 Artists Participating in Creative Time’s Political ‘Pledges of Allegiance’

  FLAGS HAVE PROVEN to be a powerful medium in contemporary art, from David Hammons’s “African American Flag” (1990), which sold at Phillips auction for more than $2 million, to Dread Scott’s “A Man Was Lynched by Police Yesterday” (2015) displayed last summer at Jack Shainman Gallery, and Nu Barreto’s “Desunited States of Africa” (2010)...
Faith Ringgold Story Quilt is Among Acquisitions Marking National Museum of Women in the Arts 30th Anniversary Year

Faith Ringgold Story Quilt is Among Acquisitions Marking National Museum of Women in the Arts 30th Anniversary Year

FAITH RINGGOLD, “American Collection #4: Jo Baker’s Bananas,” 1997 (acrylic on canvas with pieced fabric border). | Purchased with funds donated by the Estate of Barbara Bingham Moore, Olga V. Hargis Family Trusts and the Members’ Acquisition Fund   FOUNDED IN 1987, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is celebrating its 30th...
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Appoints Culture and Tech Entrepreneur Troy Carter to its Board of Trustees

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Appoints Culture and Tech Entrepreneur Troy Carter to its Board of Trustees

Embed from Getty Images Troy Carter, Founder and CEO of Atom Factory   THREE NEW MEMBERS were elected to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Board of Trustees, including entrepreneur and venture capitalist Troy Carter. A relatively young addition to the museum’s board, Carter, 44, is the influential founder and CEO of Atom...
Art for Justice: $100 Million From Sale of 'Masterpiece' by Roy Lichtenstein Fuels Fund to End Mass Incarceration in United States

Art for Justice: $100 Million From Sale of ‘Masterpiece’ by Roy Lichtenstein Fuels Fund to End Mass Incarceration in United States

Embed from Getty Images   THE U.S. JAIL AND PRISON POPULATION increased more than ten-fold over the past 40 years, despite crime rates dropping by about 50 percent during the same period. To address the issue, Agnes Gund (above) provided $100 million to establish the Art for Justice Fund. A New York City philanthropist and...
'Figuring History': Seattle Art Museum Announces Major Three-Artist Exhibition Featuring Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, and Mickalene Thomas

‘Figuring History’: Seattle Art Museum Announces Major Three-Artist Exhibition Featuring Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, and Mickalene Thomas

ROBERT COLESCOTT, “George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware” (1975).   THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM (SAM) is organizing a major exhibition of three critically recognized African American artists—Robert Colescott (1925-2009), Kerry James Marshall, and Mickalene Thomas. The exhibition will explore how their distinct approaches to figuration and history painting have recast the Western canon and challenged...
Historic Appointment: Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi is Joining Cleveland Museum of Art as Curator of African Art

Historic Appointment: Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi is Joining Cleveland Museum of Art as Curator of African Art

  THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART announced the appointment of Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi as curator of African Art. The museum has a significant collection of more than 300 works of traditional art from sub-Saharan Africa, including a broad selection of masks and figurative sculpture from West and Central Africa. An artist, art historian and curator,...
ART21 Launches 'Summer of Shorts' Featuring New Film About Why Chicago Artist Theaster Gates Collects

ART21 Launches ‘Summer of Shorts’ Featuring New Film About Why Chicago Artist Theaster Gates Collects

  FOR HIS FIRST EXHIBITION in Milan, Theaster Gates presented “True Value” (July 7-Sept. 25, 2016) which centered around the inventory of a shuttered Chicago hardware store. Installed in an art context, he reimagined the abandoned tools and supplies as a monumental visual display. An artist who trained as a potter, Gates has become more...
Naomi Beckwith is Chairing New Curatorial Leadership Summit at 2018 Armory Show

Naomi Beckwith is Chairing New Curatorial Leadership Summit at 2018 Armory Show

  THE ARMORY SHOW NAMED CURATORS for its Focus and Platform sections today and also announced a new curatorial leadership summit for its 2018 fair. Bringing together an international roster of prominent curators, the daylong summit is designed to foster “new ideas and developments within the curatorial landscape.” Naomi Beckwith, curator at the Museum of...
Sugar Hill Children's Museum in Harlem Announces New Leadership: Lauren Kelley Promoted to Director and Chief Curator

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum in Harlem Announces New Leadership: Lauren Kelley Promoted to Director and Chief Curator

  THE SUGAR HILL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM of Art and Storytelling is promoting from within. The Harlem museum whose primary audience is 3 to 8-year-olds, announced the appointment of Lauren Kelley (above) as director and chief curator. Kelley has been with the museum since 2013, when it was still in development. Previously serving as associate director...
Best in Show: Pope.L Named Recipient of Whitney Biennial 2017 Bucksbaum Award

Best in Show: Pope.L Named Recipient of Whitney Biennial 2017 Bucksbaum Award

  FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION to the 2017 Whitney Biennial, Pope.L utilized processed lunch meat and found photography to raise issues of representation and the pitfalls of population counting and “baloney” that can be embedded in its accuracy and use. Always thought-provoking, the multidisciplinary artist’s clever approach has been duly recognized. The Whitney Museum of American...
From Houston to Richmond: VMFA Hires Valerie Cassel Oliver as Modern and Contemporary Art Curator

From Houston to Richmond: VMFA Hires Valerie Cassel Oliver as Modern and Contemporary Art Curator

  THE VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS (VMFA) named Valerie Cassel Oliver its new Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Recognized for her ability to connect with artists and identify promising emerging figures, Cassel Oliver is expected to invigorate the department, introducing an innovative exhibition program and a broad range...