Barbara Jones-Hogu (1938-2017). | Photo by David Lusenhop

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.

THE BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT has lost a significant figure. A founding member of the artist collective AfriCOBRA, Barbara Jones-Hogu (above) died Nov. 14. The Chicago artist, educator, and filmmaker was 79. Her passing was confirmed to Culture Type by her son Kuumba Hogu and her art dealer David Lusenhop. Recognized for her political, pro-Black images combining figuration with energetic, graphic lettering, Jones-Hogu is closely identified with a 1969/1971 print titled, “Unite.” In recent years, the work has been featured in major group exhibitions including “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties,” “The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now,” We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85,” and “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.” Her first-ever solo museum exhibition is being organized by the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago. “Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite 1968-1975” opens in January 2018.

A selection of recent news follows:

Quartz Published an Analysis of Cities Favored by Artists

Report showed growing concentrations of artists in Brooklyn, N.Y., Los Angeles, Oakland, Calif., and Cobb County, outside Atlanta

VRt Ventures is Revolutionizing the Museum Experience

New app offers virtual reality tour of Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Mastry’ exhibition at MOCA Los Angeles

Smithsonian is Publishing an Anthology of Hip Hop and Rap

To help fund the project (a 300-page book and nine CDs), the institution raised nearly $370,000 from more than 2,800 backers on Kickstarter

Yale School of Art is Establishing Art & Social Justice Initiative

Anonymous $750,000 donation will help graduate program “play a greater role in looking at art through social, cultural, and economic points of view”


From left, Artists Awol Erizku, Diamond Stingily, and Martine Syms | via Forbes

Forbes 2018 List of 30 Under 30 Features Three Black Artists

According to the magazine, Awol Erizu, Diamond Stingily, and Martine Syms are among those creating the future of the arts

Carrie Mae Weems is Hosting ‘The Shape of Things,’ a Convening About Violence in America

Dec. 13 gathering of artists and writers concludes her yearlong residency at Park Avenue Armory

Ford Foundation Names Inaugural Curatorial Fellow

Ade Omotosho will work for two years at Perez Art Museum Miami helping to plan exhibitions and re-install the permanent collection


Michelle Coffey, Creative Capital Board Member | via Creative Capital

Creative Capital Announced Five New Board Members, Including Michelle Coffey, Executive Director of the Lambent Foundation

Through funding, counsel and career development services, Creative Capital supports writers and artists working in a range of disciplines

Participant Alternative Art Space Adds Seven Members to its Board

Artists Derrick Adams and Jeffrey Gibson, and SparkplugPR founder April Hunt, are among those who have joined the board of the nonprofit on New York’s Lower East Side

Art for Justice Fund Announced First Round of Grants

$22 million awarded to 30 programs—including Art for Incarcerated Youth Network, Mural Arts Philadelphia, and California Lawyers for the Arts—aimed at criminal justice reform and reducing mass incarceration

Terra Foundation Announced 2018 Grants for Chicago Exhibitions and Education Programs

Major funding will provide access public school students and teachers access to Art Design Chicago, and support Barbara Jones-Hogu exhibition at DePaul Art Museum, and Johnson Publishing exhibition at Theaster Gates’s Rebuild Foundation


From left, Artists Mickalene Thomas and Kevin Jerome Everson. | Photo © Lyndsy Welgosvia, Photo by Sandy Williams III, via Wexner Center

Wexner Center Announced 2017-18 Artist Residency Awards

Seven recipients selected by the Ohio State University institution include Mickalene Thomas (visual arts) and Kevin Jerome Everson (film/video)

Joan Mitchell Foundation Announced 2017 Painting and Sculpture Grants

Diverse group of 25 recipients of $25,000 unrestricted awards includes Colin Chase, Arcmanoro Niles, Amanda Williams, and Antoine Williams

Rema Hort Mann Foundation Announced 2017 Grants for Emerging Artists in New York

Allison Janae Hamilton, Diamond Stingily, and Sable Elyse Smith are among eight artists selected for $10,000 awards

Atlanta Artadia Announced its 2017 Awardees are Michi Meko and Clark Ashton

Each will receive $10,000. Meko states his “recent paintings and sculptures focus on the African American experience of navigating public spaces while remaining buoyant within them”


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