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.

Prez Art Museum Miami, east facade. Photo by Daniel Azoulay Photography
Pérez Art Museum Miami is among 20 institutions benefitting from diversity initiative supported by Ford and Walton Family foundations.

$6 Million Initiative Aims to Diversify Art Museum Staffing, Leadership

Funded by the Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation the effort will support curatorial positions, academic, training, and fellowship programs at 20 American museums

Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowships Will Continue and Expand at 6 Major Museums

Funded by $3.25 million from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the program at the Art Institute of Chicago, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo., and Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), a new partner institution, will continue for five more years

Landmarks Preservation Commission Approves Redesign of Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn

Red Hook factory building was site of Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety,” monumental public art installation, a sphinx-like mammy sculpture that drew record visitors


HENRY TAYLOR’s “The Times They Aint a Changing, Fast Enough,” 2017 (acrylic on canvas), which depicts Philando Castile, is among the works featured at the 2017 Whitney Biennial that were acquired by the museum. | Photo by Victoria L. Valentine

Whitney Museum Acquired More than Three Dozen Works from 2017 Biennial

Up from 14 acquisitions from the 2014 biennial, 37 new additions to museum’s collection include works by Lyle Ashton Harris, Deana Lawson, Cauleen Smith, Maya Stovall, and Henry Taylor (According to the Whitney, the number of acquisitions has grown from 32 to 37.)

McNay Art Museum Announces Acquisitions by Three African American Artists

The works by Benny Andrews, McArthur Binion, Rashaad Newsome will be featured in the San Antonio, Texas, museum’s forthcoming exhibition “Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art,” opening in February 2018

French President Commits to Returning African Artifacts

Citing “acquisitions” made during French colonial rule, that “a large part of cultural heritage from several African countries” is in France, Emmanuel Macron declared complicated process of restitution a top priority


ZANELE MUHOLI, Faniswa, “Sea Point, Cape Town, 2016,” 2016 (silver gelatin print). | © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York

Zanele Muholi Presented with Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Awarded France’s highest cultural award, the South African photographer who describes herself as a “visual activist,” documents her nation’s LGBT community

Carrie Mae Weems is Recipient of Inaugural Edward Hopper Recognition

Presented by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Council on the Arts, the Edward Hopper Citation of Merit for Visual Artists includes an exhibition through February 2018

Kemang Wa Lehulere Won Performa’s Fourth Malcolm McLaren Award

Cape Town–based Wa Lehulere presented “I Cut My Skin to Liberate the Splinter,” a sonic installation, at 17th biennial of performance art in New York


KEMANG WA LEHULERE, “I cut my skin to liberate the splinter,” 2017. A Performa 17 Commission. | Photo by Paula Court

Curator Adrienne Edwards is Joining Frieze New York 2018

She is collaborating with Frieze on a new artist award and live programming for the next installment of the art fair

Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Announced 2017 Arts Writers Grantees

Recipients of the annual grants funding articles, books, and blogs, include Hannah Black, Emmanuel Iduma, and Shaka McGlotten

Princeton Names Prominent Campus Building in Honor of Toni Morrison

University dedicated Morrison Hall, which houses the Office of the Dean of West College, to the Nobel Prize-winning author and professor emeritus


From left, Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola and Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. | Photographed by Henry Leutwyler, Styled by Emily Barnes via Elle

Elle Magazine Celebrates Women in Art

Recognized figures include artist Toyin Ojih Odutola and curator Rujeko Hockley, who collaborated on Ojih Odutola’s current exhibition at the Whitney Museum, and artist Shantell Martin

Photographer Tomika Johnson Named Among 2017 Chicagoans of the Year

Chosen by Chicago magazine among six people/groups doing extraordinary things in the city, her images focus on “what she calls Englewood’s ‘abundant beauty,’ countering familiar stories of poverty and crime in the South Side community”

Cultured Magazine Publishes Diverse List of Young Artists to Watch in 2018

Group of 30 includes Toyin Odutola, who currently has a solo exhibition at Whitney Museum of American Art; Jordan Casteel, whose work covers November/December 2017 issue of Frieze magazine; and Sable Elyse Smith, recently announced as a 2018 Studio Museum in Harlem Artist in Residence


TOP IMAGE: Pérez Art Museum Miami, bayside stair, January 2014. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron. | Photo by Juan E. Cabrera


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