WITH A NEW YEAR UNDERWAY and a promising selection of new books, exhibitions and events on the horizon, here is what is on my radar, what I am most looking forward to in 2015:

“Represent: 200 Years of African American Art,” a sweeping new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Jan. 10 – April 5, 2015).

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GORDON PARKS, “Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan,” 1950 (gelatin silver print). | Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation via MFA Boston

“Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott,” featuring previously unpublished photographs Parks took when he traced the whereabouts of his childhood classmates, at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Jan. 17 – Sept. 13, 2015).

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David Adjaye designed the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, originally scheduled to open this year, now planned for 2016. | Photo via Haus der Kunst

“David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material,” the first exhibition devoted to the British-based architect’s global practice, at the Haus der Kunst Museum in Munich, Germany (Jan. 30 – May 31, 2015, traveling to Art Institute Chicago Sept. 19).

kehinde wiley - brooklyn museum

KEHINDE WILEY, “Shantavia Beale II,” 2012 (oil on canvas). | via Brooklyn Museum

“Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic,” a 60-painting survey of the artist’s career since 2001 at the Brooklyn Museum (Feb. 20 – May 24, 2015).

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JACOB LAWRENCE, “Bus,” 1941 (gouache on paper). | Collection of George Wein, Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY. © 2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

“One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works,” the artist’s entire 60-panel series presented in context with interpretations of migration by other creatives, spanning disciplines and generations, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (April 3- Sept. 7, 2015).

making africa cover

“Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design,” a forthcoming volume (and coinciding exhibition at Germany’s Vitra Design Museum) examining a new generation of African designers, architects, photographers and artists that is redefining the identity of the diverse continent (April).


Okwui Enwezor | Photo via Phaidon

Okwui Enwezor’s vision for the 2015 Venice Biennale, the 56th international art exhibition for which he is serving as curator (May 9 – Nov. 22, 2015).

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NOAH PURIFOY, “From the Point of View of the Little People,” 1994 | via Noah Purifoy Foundation

“Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada,” which seeks to give the pivotal figure his just due, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (June 7 – Sept. 27, 2015).

terry adkins - recital

“Terry Adkins: Recital,” a new volume published by Prestel, spanning his entire career, that was delayed due to his untimely death last year (June).

stan douglas hors-champs

STAN DOUGLAS, “Hors-champs,” 1992 (two-channel video installation with stereo sound). Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York | via MCA Chicago

“The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now,” a look at how 1960s African American avant-garde is reflected in contemporary art and culture, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (July 11 – Nov. 22, 2015).

theaster gates - monograph cover

The first comprehensive monograph of Theaster Gates, the Chicago-based contemporary artist and social innovator, to be published by Phaidon (October).

brenna youngblood - buffalo burger

BRENNA YOUNGBLOOD, “Buffalo Burger,” 2012 (mixed media). | via Honor Fraser Gallery

Brenna Youngblood’s Gwendolyn Knight | Jacob Lawrence Prize exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum (Nov. 13, 2015 – June 12, 2016). CT

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