SURVEY is a review of the latest news and happenings related to visual art by and about people of African descent, with the occasional nod to cultural matters.

SEVERAL MAJOR EXHIBITION featuring African American artists are opening this week including Mark Bradford at the Hirshhorn Museum, Nick Cave at the Frist Center, Nina Chanel Abney at Jack Shainman Gallery, Derrick Adams at Tilton Gallery, and Gary Simmons at Regen Projects. A selection of recent news follows:


Local news report on the South Side Community Art Center’s national preservation designation begins at 00:29 after an advertisment. | Video by ABC-7

South Side Community Arts Center in Chicago Declared a National Treasure

Margaret Burroughs and Eldzier Cortor led a group of artists established the center in 1940. It was a WPA arts facility and since its founding has played a pivotal role in supporting African American artists

Cuban Artist Planning Alternative Biennial is Detained by Police

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara was arrested Monday. He began organizing an independent biennial when the official Havana Biennial was delayed, apparently due to 2019 due to Hurricane Irma damage

National Park Service Rescinds Support for Black Panther Research and Memory Project

The federal agency cancelled a $98,000 grant for the project led by a UC Berkeley Professor Ula Taylor in the wake of objections from conservatives

Dread Scott Launched a Kickstarter Campaign to Support His Slave Rebellion Re-enactment

The artist, who is collaborating with Antenna, a New Orleans arts organization, is seeking to raise $40,000 to help fund the November 2018 performance of the largest slave rebellion in North American history, over two days and 26 miles


A mockup of Dread Scott’s slave reenactment along the actual route in Louisiana, which is planned for November 2018. | via Dread Scott Kickstart Page

Wall Street Journal Magazine Named Mark Bradford Among its 2017 Innovators

Award acknowledges the Los Angeles-based artist’s banner year, including his representation of the United States at the Venice Biennial and largest work to date debuting at his first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Annual Art+Film Gala Honored Mark Bradford and George Lucas

The celebration raised $4.4 million for LACMA’s film initiatives and future exhibitions, acquisitions, and programming

Groundswell’s Annual Art Bash is Honoring Dread Scott

Marking 20 years of art and activism, the Brooklyn organization has named Scott #Artivist of the Year


The philosophy behind Telfar Clemen’s clothing line is universal and democratic — “It’s not for you — it’s for everyone.” | Photo by Mireya Acierto, Getty Images

Telfar Clemens Won the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award

The New York-based, Liberian-American designer recognized for unisex clothing is receiving $400,000 and mentorship with CFDA members and Vogue editors

3Arts Awarded $330,000 in Unrestricted Grants to Nearly 100 Chicago Artists

Ayriole Frost, Will Liverman, and Meida Teresa McNeal are among 10 artists honored with $25,000 cash grants


Previously an independet art consultant, Kheli R. Willets joined Art League Houston in June.

Kheli R. Willetts Has Stepped Down From Her Post as Executive Director of Art League Houston

Her tenure was brief. She was hired in May 2017 and began serving in the position in June

Lauren Haynes is Joining the Center for Curatorial Leadership’s Class of 2018 Fellows

The New York organization announced 12 fellows, including Haynes, the contemporary art curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.

Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif, and Claire Tancons are Curating 2019 Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates

Each is curating a section of the biennial. New Orleans-based Tancons is focusing on an exhibition called “Look for Me All Around You” exploring futurity, seeing, unmasking, dispossession and the diaspora


New York’s Public Artists in Residence Program is a minimum of one year and artists receive a fee and in-kind resources. | via PAIR

New York City is Looking for Public Artists in Residence

There is an open call for the 2018 “program that embeds artists in city government to propose and implement creative solutions to pressing civic challenges.” The application deadline is Nov. 12

The Museum of Arts and Design Announced a New $50,000 Artist Award

Annual Burke Prize was established to reinforce the New York museum’s “commitment to celebrating the next generation of artists working in and advancing the disciplines that shaped the American studio craft movement”


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