A GUIDE TO EXHIBITION OPENINGS, TALKS AND EVENTS HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN BLACK ART:

 

March 26-May 10, 2014
Yinka Shonibare at Brand New Gallery, Milan
London-born Yinka Shonibare MBE who was raised in Nigeria “has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization.” His exhibition at Brand New Gallery is his first solo show at an Italian gallery and features his signature sculptures outfitted in brightly colored patterned fabrics, photography and film.

March 27, 2014
‘The Triptych’ Film Screening and Discussion, Atlanta
A documentary featuring contemporary artists Sanford Biggers, Barron Claiborne, Wangechi Mutu, “The Triptych” is defined by 20-minute monologues in which each artist reflects on their life experience and how their background has influenced their artistic practice. After the screening, Biggers and Terence Nance, the film’s director, will discuss the project. The event is a part of Africa Atlanta, a citywide year-long celebration.

March 27-June 29, 2014
New Exhibitions at Studio Museum in Harlem, NYralph lemon
The Studio Museum in Harlem is installing three new exhibitions. “When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South” considers “the category of ‘outsider’ art in relation to contemporary art and black life” and features work by 35 artists (including Ralph Lemon, whose work is show at right) made between 1964 and 2014. “Draped Down,” whose title derives from “a renaissance-era slang term meaning well-dressed” Harlem style, explores references to fashion in visual art. “19.83” consists of two installations by Japanese-American artist Glenn Kaino inspired by a collaboration with Tommie Smith, the 200-meter Olympic gold medalist who stood on the platform and raised his black-gloved fist as a human rights salute/protest at the 1968 games in Mexico City.

March 28, 2014
Paul Mpagi Sepuya Residency Talk, Chicago
Photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya is the Jackman Goldwasser artist-in-residence at the Hyde Park Center from Feb. 2 to April 15. The New York-based artist will discuss his practice, which centers on portraits of his friends that “collapse the space between the subject and photographer,” and present recent projects.

March 28, 2014
Sanford Biggers Presents ‘Shuffle, Shake, and Shatter,’ Atlanta
Accompanied by live band Mood Medicine, artist Sanford Biggers presents a concert featuring his three-part film suite “Shuffle, Shake and Shatter,” a journey and search for identity from Germany to Sao Paulo and West Africa. The event is a part of Africa Atlanta, a citywide year-long celebration.

March 28-April 26, 2014
Malik Sidibe at Jack Shainman Gallery, NY
Photographer Malik Sidibe documents his native Mali in his fifth solo exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. The show features vintage prints from the 1960s through the 1980s that together “capture a generation of urban Malians, or Bamakois, as they came of age in the time of Pan-African independence and rock and roll.”

March 28-Apil 28, 2014
Basketball and Civil Rights at Salon 94, NY
“Transition Game,” a Salon 94 group show featuring Howard Kanovitz, Richard Avedon, Lorna Simpson and Lucien Smith, traces the evolution of American civil rights through the lens of basketball, long a harbinger of racial progress.CT

 

PHOTO: “Untitled,” 2013-14 (rchival pigment print) by Ralph Lemon. | Studio Museum in Harlem

 

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