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DONAVON SMALLWOOD, Untitled, 2020, from the series Languor. | © Devon Smallwood, Courtesy the artist

Awards & Honors

New York photographer Donavon Smallwood won the 2021 Aperture Portfolio Prize.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair announced Micha Serraf won the Ritzau Art Prize 2021.

Art Table, which focuses on advancing leadership of women in the arts, announced 16 recipients for its 2021 Fellowship Program, including Sarah Ahmed, Andrea Lewis, and Joy Tucker.

The Contemporary Art Center New Orleans announced seven visual and performing artists for its 2021 Artist Residency Program, including kai barrow, Keysha Rivera, paris cyan cian, and Jarrell Hamilton.


E. Carmen Ramos was named chief curatorial and conservation officer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She will be the first woman and first person of color to serve in the role. She joins the museum in August. | Culture Type


Baltimore art gallery Goya Contemporary announced its representation of the estate of textile artist Elizabeth Talford Scott (1916-2011), the mother of celebrated bead artist Joyce J. Scott.


Artists and curators participating in “Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration”: Top row, from left, Jessica Bell Brown, Photo by Michael Avedon; Ryan N. Dennis, Photo by Charles Williams, 2020; Steffani Jemison, Photo by Nottingham Contemporary 2017; Leslie Hewitt, Photo by Richard Renaldi; Torkwase Dyson, Photo by Gabe Souza; Akea Brionne Brown, Photo byAkea Brionne Brown; Mark Bradford, Photo by Sim Canetty-Clarke, © Mark Bradford, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth; Robert Pruitt, Photo by Autumn Knight, 2020. Bottom row, from left: Larry W. Cook, Photo by Nakeya Brown Deana Lawson, Photo Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Photo by Jamea Richmond-Edwards; Carrie Mae Weems, Photo by Audoin Desforges, 2020; Theaster Gates, Photo by Sara Pooley; Zoë Charlton, Photo by E. Brady Robinson Photography; Allison Janea Hamilton, Photo by Frankie Alduino. | All Courtesy MMA and BMA


The Mississippi Museum of Art (MMA) and Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) are collaborating on a major exhibition exploring the Great Migration. “Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration” will feature newly commissioned works by 12 artists, including Mark Bradford, Torkwase Dyson, Theaster Gates, Allison Janae Hamilton, Robert Pruitt, and Carrie Mae Weems. Co-curated by Ryan N. Dennis and Jessica Bell Brown, the show opens April 2022 at MMA and October 2022 at the BMA.


TITUS KAPHAR, “Nip Tuck (Portrait of Lillian Dandridge),” 2009 (oil on crumpled canvas). | © Titus Kaphar, Courtesy Detroit Institute of Arts


Nancy and Sean Cotton donated a painting by Titus Kaphar to the Detroit Institute of Arts. “Nip Tuck (Portrait of Lillian Dandridge) 2009, will go on display May 15, in the museum’s Temporary Contemporary galleries along with works by Henry Taylor, Tschabalala Self, Jordan Casteel, Amoako Boafo, Rashid Johnson, and two more by Kaphar, on loan from the local collectors. A ninth work by Bill Traylor, also on loan, will be on view in the African American galleries.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art introduced its first-ever podcast with artist Carrie Mae Weems serving as host. Artists Among Us is a five-episode series exploring “Day’s End,” David Hammons‘s new public art installation. A wide variety of voices contribute to the series, including Tom Finkelpearl, Bill T. Jones, Kellie Jones, Glenn Ligon, and Mabel O. Wilson. The first episode was released May 14. New episodes debut weekly.


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