MUST-SEE EXHIBITION openings and interesting talks and appearances happening this week in black art:


May 7, 2014 @ 1 p.m.
Artists Discuss Art and Diplomacy | Washington, D.C.
The National Gallery of Art is hosting a panel discussion on the role of artists in international diplomacy. The event is a collaboration with the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) and features artist Carrie Mae Weems; actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, who is director of Anna Deavere Smith Works at the Aspen Institute; and Robert Storr, chairman of the FAPE Professional Fine Arts Committee and dean of the Yale School of Art. The conversation will be moderated by James Meyer, associate curator of modern art at the National Gallery of Art.

May 8-11, 2014
Frieze Art Fair Sprouts on Randall’s Island | New York
The art world is descending on New York this week to attend Frieze New York, the contemporary art behemoth on Randall’s Island. The art fair under the big white tent is hosting more than 190 galleries from across the globe and a chock-a-block schedule of educational programming, special projects and talks.

Okwui EnwezorMay 9, 2014 @ 12 noon
Okwui Enwezor in Conversation with Jason Moran at Frieze | New York
Speaking of talks, a conversation between curator Okwui Enwezor (pictured at left) and jazz musician Jason Moran is likely to be among the most compelling at Frieze. Enwezor was recently appointed artistic director of the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), and is director of the Haus der Kunst museum in Munich and a member of the 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize jury. Moran is a jazz pianist, composer and performance artist. The two will engage one another about their shared interests and the intersection of art and jazz.

May 8-11, 2014
Art Fairs Here, There and Everywhere | New York
The advent of Frieze had bred a slew of satellite shows that span emerging art, outsider art, and design, offering something for just about every art palette. A selection is highlighted here. NADA, the New Art Dealers Association Fair, “is dedicated to showcasing new art and to celebrating the rising talents from around the globe.” The Outsider Art Fair, features work by untrained artists, “persons unscathed by artistic culture.” Pulse New York and cutlog New York focus on cutting-edge and established artists. Contemporary Art Fair NYC will present work by emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. BKLYN Designs, Dumbo’s annual celebration of Brooklyn designers is returning. Also around town: Select Fair, Verge, Pool Art Fair and the Collective Design Fair. Finally, The Downtown Fair, a new modern and contemporary art fair produced by the ownership team of Art Miami is being inaugurated this year.

May 10, 2014 @ 2-3:30 p.m.
Outsider Art Fair Discussion on Jean-Michel Basquiat | New York
The Outsider Art Fair is hosting, “Lost in Translation: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Self-Taught Artist,” a discussion moderated by Paul Laster intended to re-evaluate the life and career of the celebrated graffiti artist. Panelists include Brooke Davis Anderson, Eric Fretz, Lenore Schorr and Xaviera Simmons.

May 9-Sept. 14, 2014
Yale Museum Showcasing Contemporary Art South Africa | Hartford, Conn.
“Contemporary Art/South Africa” at the Yale University Art Gallery features more than 30 works created by South Africans or produced in South Africa, many drawn from the gallery’s own collection. The artists—both black and white—including Gavin Jantjes, William Kentridge, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, and Sue Williamson “address key aspects of the experiences of South Africans, offering multiple perspectives on their lives, their society, and their world.” CT


IMAGE: Frieze New York 2012 | Photo by Victoria L. Valentine


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