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New: “Color: Real and Imagined” features a selection of Carrie Mae Weems‘s work over the past 30 years are on view at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London from Oct. 10 to Nov. 15, 2014.


Sunday, Oct. 12: Honoring the 90th anniversary of James Baldwin‘s birth, Karen Thorsen and Douglas Dempsey, the director and co-writer of the recently restored James Baldwin: The Price of a Ticket,” “discuss and screen the documentary film at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.


Opening Tuesday, Oct. 14: At Victoria Miro Gallery in London, Wangechi Mutu‘s new exhibition “Nguva na Nyoka” means “sirens and serpents” in Kiswahili and features the artist’s latest collage, video and sculptural works (through Dec. 19).


LRF - notion of familyWednesday, Oct. 15: LaToya Ruby Frazier discusses her first book “LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Notion of Family,” with fellow photographer Dawoud Bey at the Aperture Foundation in New York City.


Wednesday, Oct. 15: As a part of the programming for “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties,” artists Jae Jarrell and Wadsworth Jarrell, founding members of the Chicago collective AfriCOBRA, give a talk facilitated by University of Chicago art history professor Rebecca Zorach at Hood Museum on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

READ Culture Type review of “Witness” exhibition and catalog


Thursday, Oct. 16: The second edition of 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair featuring 27 galleries and more than 100 artists, opens at Somerset House in London (through Saturday, Oct. 18).

CHECK OUT Culture Type’s recommended Weekend Reading for catching Up on contemporary African art


Thursday, Oct. 16: Callaloo, the journal of African diaspora arts and letters, is holding its annual conference at Emory University in Atlanta. This year’s gathering, “Making Art: Writing, Authorship, and Critique,” includes a tribute to Samella Lewis and a keynote address by Barbara Chase-Riboud (through Saturday, Oct. 18).


Opening Saturday, Oct. 18: Two new exhibitions at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York feature African-born artists. Known for his elegant use of found materials, El Anatsui (top of page), the Ghanaian-born artist who lives and works in Nigeria, will show new three-dimensional textile-style works at his fourth solo show at the gallery. “Everyday People” presents large-scale portraits, “paper constructions” composed of the remnants of billboard posters by Kay Hassan, who hails from Johannesburg. Both exhibitions are on view through Nov. 15.


Opening Sunday, Oct. 19: “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist,” is a full-scale survey offering a rare opportunity to view Motley’s masterful portraiture and interpretations of Chicago jazz and Paris blue at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (through Feb. 1, 2015).

READ Culture Talk interview with Richard J. Powell, curator of the Motley exhibition


Coming Soon: The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Save Our African American Treasures program, which helps community members identify and preserve significant documents, photographs and artifacts, will be held in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 8 and 9 at the Carnegie Library.


Coming Soon: The Brooklyn Museum has announced “Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic,” the portrait artist’s first museum survey will open on Feb. 20 2015 and feature more than 60 works and an illustrated catalog (through May 24, 2015). CT


TOP IMAGE: Detail from “Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui” at the Brooklyn Museum | Photo by Victoria L. Valentine


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