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GORDON PARKS, “Marian Anderson broadcasting a Negro spiritual at the dedication of a mural installed in U.S. Department of the Interior building, commemorating the outdoor concert she gave at the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow her to sing in Constitution Hall,” Washington, D.C., 1943. | © Gordon Parks/Gordon Parks Foundation


Howard University in Washington, D.C., acquired 252 photographs by Gordon Parks through a gift/purchase agreement. The Gordon Parks Legacy Collection will reside at Howard’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. | Washington Post

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery added more than 200 works of art by leading craft artists to its collection. The acquisitions include works by Corey Alston, Bisa Butler, Nick Cave, Sonya Clark, David Harper Clemons, Carolyn Crump, Woody De Othello, Donté K. Hayes, Sharon Kerry-Harlan, Chawne Kimber, Basil Kincaid, Roberto Lugo, Ché Rhodes, and James C. Watkins, among many others. More than 130 of the new artworks are featured in “This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World.” The exhibition and acquisition campaign celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Renwick. | More


BISA BUTLER, “Don’t Tread On Me, God Damn, Let’s Go!— The Harlem Hellfighters,” 2021 (pieced, appliquéd, and quilted cottons, silk, wool, and velvet). | Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of David Bonderman. Photo by Lee Stalsworth


DEANA LAWSON, “Chief,” 2019. | © Deana Lawson, Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Awards & Honors

Deana Lawson of Brooklyn, N.Y., won the 2022 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, including £30,000 (about $37,000). The international award was presented in London on May 12. | More

Public Art

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is collaborating with Public Art Fund and the Studio Museum in Harlem commissioning site-specific works by artists Nina Chanel Abney and Jacolby Satterwhite that will inaugurate the New York Philharmonic’s new David Geffen Hall in October. | New York Times

“The Sounds Among Us,” a new site-specific mural by Chicago artist Caroline Kent is installed at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), where it will be on view through Oct. 30. | More


Installation view of CAROLINE KENT, “The Sounds Among Us,” BAMPFA entrance (April 27-Oct. 30, 2022). | Courtesy BAMPFA

More News

In London, British-Kenyan artist Michael Armitage was selected to design a new £1 coin that will begin circulating in 2023 in celebration of the coin’s 40th anniversary. | More

The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Le Korsa are developing a new museum and center for culture and community in rural Senegal. Expected to open in early 2025, Bët-bia will host exhibitions and steward repatriated objects. Architect Mariam Issoufou Kamara (founder of atelier masōmī in Niger) is designing the art-focused project. | More


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