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Michelle Jacques Appointed Board President of Association of Art Museum Curators, Three Black Woman Will Hold Top Board Positions in 2023-24

Michelle Jacques Appointed Board President of Association of Art Museum Curators, Three Black Woman Will Hold Top Board Positions in 2023-24

Incoming Board President Michelle Jacques   THE ASSOCIATION of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation announced a new leadership team. Michelle Jacques has been appointed president of the board of trustees for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1. She brings more than two decades of experience in the field...
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50+ Museum Exhibitions to See This Fall Feature Artists Henry Taylor, Fred Eversley, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Theaster Gates, Black Potters, Just Above Midtown Gallery & More

50+ Museum Exhibitions to See This Fall Feature Artists Henry Taylor, Fred Eversley, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Theaster Gates, Black Potters, Just Above Midtown Gallery & More

  AT A TIME WHEN NEW YORK CITY galleries and museums had little interest in African American artists, Linda Goode Bryant established Just Above Midtown, a gallery and communal space that served as both sanctuary and experimental platform for artists of color. Half a century after its founding in 1974, Just Above Midtown is now...
Who Painted President Obama's White House Portrait? Did He Make a Traditional Choice or Select a Critically Recognized Artist

Who Painted President Obama’s White House Portrait? Did He Make a Traditional Choice or Select a Critically Recognized Artist

  INCREDIBLY INSPIRING, the Obama Portraits have garnered so much attention they are currently on a national tour, traveling to museums throughout the United States. The portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama painted by acclaimed artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, were unveiled by the Smithsonian on Feb. 12, 2018....
12 Museum Exhibitions to See Now Feature Sam Gilliam, Billy Zangewa, Deana Lawson, Isaac Julien, Young Fashion Photographers, Memphis Metal Workers & More

12 Museum Exhibitions to See Now Feature Sam Gilliam, Billy Zangewa, Deana Lawson, Isaac Julien, Young Fashion Photographers, Memphis Metal Workers & More

  THEMED EXHIBITIONS exploring the Great Migration and showcasing works by young fashion photographers and metal workers in Memphis are among the noteworthy shows featuring Black artists that opened in museums this spring and summer. From Seattle to Cleveland, Atlanta, Boston, and London, many of these exhibitions remain open through September. Museums are presenting works...
Latest News in Black Art: Gaëtane Verna Will Lead Wexner Center, Chakaia Booker Now Repped by David Nolan Gallery, Salary Transparency, What is a Museum? & More

Latest News in Black Art: Gaëtane Verna Will Lead Wexner Center, Chakaia Booker Now Repped by David Nolan Gallery, Salary Transparency, What is a Museum? & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Gaëtane Verna is joining the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University as executive director, effective Nov. 15. | Photo by Tyrell Gough   Appointments Art historian and administrator Gaëtane Verna (above)...
Latest News in Black Art: Alteronce Gumby Joins Nicola Vassell Gallery, Lubaina Himid Wins Major Artist Prize, Historic Board Appointment at VMFA & More

Latest News in Black Art: Alteronce Gumby Joins Nicola Vassell Gallery, Lubaina Himid Wins Major Artist Prize, Historic Board Appointment at VMFA & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Artist Alteronce Gumby. | Photo by Katharina Balgavy   Representation Abstract artist Alteronce Gumby (above) is now represented by Nicola Vassell Gallery in New York. Gumby makes “vivid interstellar paintings that emerge from his profound...
On the Rise: 47 Museum Curators and Arts Leaders Who Took on New Appointments in First Half of 2022

On the Rise: 47 Museum Curators and Arts Leaders Who Took on New Appointments in First Half of 2022

  DOZENS OF BLACK CURATORS and arts leaders took on new appointments in the first half of 2022. Jenenne Whitfield will helm the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Md. Camille Ann Brewer recently assumed leadership of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in California. In London, Gilane Tawadros has been selected as the...
Latest News in Black Art: Lorna Simpson's Portrait of Brittney Griner Covers Time Magazine,  Johnson Publishing Archive Ownership Transfer, First Major Monograph of Hurvin Anderson & More

Latest News in Black Art: Lorna Simpson’s Portrait of Brittney Griner Covers Time Magazine, Johnson Publishing Archive Ownership Transfer, First Major Monograph of Hurvin Anderson & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Time, Aug. 8/Aug. 15, 2022: Artwork by Lorna Simpson for TIME, Source photograph by Stephen Gosling—NBAE/Getty Images   Magazines Time magazine commissioned artist Lorna Simpson to illustrate its latest cover (Aug. 8/Aug. 15, 2022) featuring...
Latest News in Black Art: Scholar/Artist Michael D. Harris Died, Chase Hall Joined David Kordansky Gallery, Qualeasha Wood Now Repped by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, Edmonia Lewis Finally Gets Degree & More

Latest News in Black Art: Scholar/Artist Michael D. Harris Died, Chase Hall Joined David Kordansky Gallery, Qualeasha Wood Now Repped by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, Edmonia Lewis Finally Gets Degree & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Artist Chase Hall. | Photo by Nick Sethi   Representation Artist Chase Hall joined David Kordansky Gallery. His first solo exhibition with the gallery will be on view in New York in fall 2023. Hall...
AfriCOBRA Artist Nelson Stevens Has Died at 84: He Contributed to a 'Radical Black Aesthetic That Asserted Black Empowerment, Self-Determination, and Unity'

AfriCOBRA Artist Nelson Stevens Has Died at 84: He Contributed to a ‘Radical Black Aesthetic That Asserted Black Empowerment, Self-Determination, and Unity’

  AN EARLY MEMBER of the Chicago collective AfriCOBRA has died. Artist Nelson Stevens (1938-2022), passed away on July 22. He was 84. His death was first reported by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The news was confirmed to Culture Type by his gallery, Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore, Md. In a statement, the gallery said:...
London: 5 Gallery Exhibitions Present Works by Artists Deborah Roberts, Nengi Omuku, Sokari Douglas Camp, Gareth Nyandoro, Mostaff Muchawaya, and Kara Walker

London: 5 Gallery Exhibitions Present Works by Artists Deborah Roberts, Nengi Omuku, Sokari Douglas Camp, Gareth Nyandoro, Mostaff Muchawaya, and Kara Walker

  CURRENTLY ON VIEW in London, galleries are presenting solo exhibitions of American artists Deborah Roberts and Kara Walker; emerging Nigerian artist Nengi Omuku; and British Nigerian sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp. In addition, a two-artist show is presenting works by Gareth Nyandoro and Mostaff Muchawaya, who are both based in Harare, Zimbabwe. The exhibitions dedicated...
Culture Talk: Curator Kanitra Fletcher on Afro-Atlantic Histories: Exhibition is About 'How the African Diaspora Comprises All These Voices and Lives and Experiences'

Culture Talk: Curator Kanitra Fletcher on Afro-Atlantic Histories: Exhibition is About ‘How the African Diaspora Comprises All These Voices and Lives and Experiences’

  A VISUAL REVELATION, “Afro-Atlantic Histories” presents a sweeping account of the African Diaspora. The exhibition explores the “historical experiences and cultural formations” of Black people of African descent, across five centuries dating from the 17th century to the present. More than 130 works of art by artists from Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the...
Latest News in Black Art: James D. Thornton Elected Board Chair at Baltimore Museum of Art, Frick Will Show Barkley Hendricks Portraits, Getty Images Releases Black History & Culture Collection & More

Latest News in Black Art: James D. Thornton Elected Board Chair at Baltimore Museum of Art, Frick Will Show Barkley Hendricks Portraits, Getty Images Releases Black History & Culture Collection & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Appointments THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES of the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) elected James D. Thornton chair of the museum’s 36-member board. Thornton is the first Black person and first person of color to lead...
Latest News in Black Art: Jadé Fadojutimi Joins Gagosian, Denise Murrell Tapped for New Curatorial Role at The Met, Dindga McCannon Now Repped by Pippy Houldsworth in London & More

Latest News in Black Art: Jadé Fadojutimi Joins Gagosian, Denise Murrell Tapped for New Curatorial Role at The Met, Dindga McCannon Now Repped by Pippy Houldsworth in London & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Artist Jade Fadojutimi has joined mega-gallery Gagosian. | Photo by Anamarija Ami Podrebarac   Representation British artist Jadé Fadojutimi, 29, is now represented by Gagosian, the mega-gallery with 19 gallery spaces spread from the United...
Anya Dani Appointed to New Getty-Funded Role at UCLA Where She Will Teach, Research, and Focus on Bringing More African Americans Into Conservation Field

Anya Dani Appointed to New Getty-Funded Role at UCLA Where She Will Teach, Research, and Focus on Bringing More African Americans Into Conservation Field

  IN LOS ANGELES, Anya Dani is joining the UCLA/Getty Interdepartmental Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage in a newly created position: director of community engagement and inclusive practice. She will also serve as a lecturer in cultural heritage conservation. The appointment was announced June 16. The UCLA/Getty program is one of a handful...
'I Dream a World': New National Portrait Gallery Exhibition Features Photographs of Remarkable Black Women

‘I Dream a World’: New National Portrait Gallery Exhibition Features Photographs of Remarkable Black Women

  THE SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY in Washington, D.C., presents ‘I Dream a World: Selections from Brian Lanker’s Portraits of Remarkable Black Women,’ opening July 8, 2022. Featuring portraits by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Lanker, from his 1989 book “I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America,” and installed in two parts,...
Latest News in Black Art: Jacqueline Stewart Will Lead Academy Museum, Rodney Ewing and Johnson Eziefula Join New Galleries, Blitz Bazawule Publishes Debut Novel & More

Latest News in Black Art: Jacqueline Stewart Will Lead Academy Museum, Rodney Ewing and Johnson Eziefula Join New Galleries, Blitz Bazawule Publishes Debut Novel & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Jacqueline Stewart joined the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in the lead up to its opening, directing exhibitions, programming, and education. She is the host of “Silent Sunday Nights” on Turner Classic Movies and a...
Latest News in Black Art: Innovative Painter Sam Gilliam Has Died, Artist Vaughn Spann in Architectural Digest, Columbus, Ga. Celebrates Artist Alma Thomas & More

Latest News in Black Art: Innovative Painter Sam Gilliam Has Died, Artist Vaughn Spann in Architectural Digest, Columbus, Ga. Celebrates Artist Alma Thomas & More

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Portrait of Sam Gilliam (1933-2022). | Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, and Pace Gallery. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen Studio   Lives The innovative abstract artist Sam Gilliam (1933-2022) died on June 25 at...
New York: 5 Gallery Exhibitions Explore Work of Artists Amanda Williams, Vivian Browne, Shikeith, Alberta Whittle, Alanis Forde, and Akilah Watts

New York: 5 Gallery Exhibitions Explore Work of Artists Amanda Williams, Vivian Browne, Shikeith, Alberta Whittle, Alanis Forde, and Akilah Watts

  IN NEW YORK CITY, five must-see exhibitions are dedicated to Amanda Williams, Vivian Browne, Shikeith, Alberta Whittle, Alanis Forde, and Akilah Watts. The artists work in a variety of mediums, most prominently painting. The group includes three artists who hail originally from Barbados; Shikeith and Whittle are presenting their first solo exhibitions in New...
Latest News in Black Art: New Name for DuSable Museum, Public Art Works by Basil Watson, Thomas J. Price and Charles Gaines, Plus Plans for African American Dictionary

Latest News in Black Art: New Name for DuSable Museum, Public Art Works by Basil Watson, Thomas J. Price and Charles Gaines, Plus Plans for African American Dictionary

  Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Thomas J. Price’s bronze sculpture “Warm Shores” (2022) was unveiled on Windrush Day. | Photo by Damian Griffiths Public Art On Windrush Day (June 22), the legacy of Afro-Caribbeans who emigrated to the UK after...
New Appointments Announced at Studio Museum in Harlem, National Gallery of Canada, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Terra Foundation & More

New Appointments Announced at Studio Museum in Harlem, National Gallery of Canada, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Terra Foundation & More

  SEVERAL ART INSTITUTIONS announced notable new curatorial and leadership appointments over the past month, including newly created roles at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago:   T. Camille Martin-Thomsen is incoming dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs at The School of the Art...