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ARCHIBALD MOTLEY JR., “Tongues (Holy Rollers),” 1929 (oil on canvas, 29 1/4 × 36 1/8 inches / 74.3 × 91.8 cm). | Bequest of Janice H. Levin (by exchange). © Archibald John Motley Jr. Courtesy the artist’s estate


The Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired “Tongues (Holy Rollers)” (1929) by Archibald Motley (1891-1891) last year. It’s a particularly notable addition that recently went on view in the Collection Galleries (1880s-1940s). “Tongues (Holy Rollers)” is both the first painting from the 1920s by an African American artist and the first work by Motley to enter the museum’s collection. | More


The California Reparations Task Force issued an interim report on June 1. The nearly 500-page document addresses historic discrimination against artists and cultural producers in Chapter 9, which is titled Control Over Creative, Cultural, and Intellectual Life (page 298). | More

On May 31, UBS published a new art market report: The Role of Cities in the U.S. Art Ecosystem, compiled by Arts Economics, with data from Wondeur AI. | More


Portrait of Odili Donald Odita. Photo by Jide Alakija


Philadelphia-based artist Odili Donald Odita joined David Kordansky Gallery, where he will be represented in collaboration with Jack Shainman Gallery. | More


June 8: Chuck D and Joan Morgan, author, hip-hop feminist, and program director at the Center for Black Visual Culture at New York University (NYU), will be in conversation at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles (free, in-person). | More

June 9: Poet/multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams and Hamza Walker, director of LAXART, will talk about the intersection of art and politics at CAAM in Los Angeles (free, in-person). | More

June 17: Artists Ellen Gallagher and Michael Armitage and Manthia Diawara, writer, filmmaker and NYU professor will be in conversation at Art Basel with Hans Ulrich Obrist of Serpentine Galleries serving as moderator. The free, in-person event in Basel, Switzerland, will also be live streamed. | More



A still from a video installation by multidisciplinary artist and writer Coco Fusco, covers the Summer 2022 edition of Artforum magazine. The work is featured in the 2022 Whitney Biennial: Quiet as its Kept. | More

Nigerian-born stylist and creative director Momo Hassan-Odukale launched Gida Journal, a new arts and culture publication. She describes it as “an anthology and space where African creatives, writers and thinkers can co-exist, while growing in their respective fields. I want this to be a space that prioritises freedom of cultural expression and illuminates crafts that have traditionally been overlooked.” | Vogue

For The New Yorker’s Travel Issue (May 30, 2022), Upstate New York-born, Berlin-based Cannaday Chapman illustrates a New Orleans scene. | More


IMAGE: COCO FUSCO, “Your Eyes Will Be an Empty Word,” 2021 (HD video, color, sound, 12 minutes), From the Whitney Biennial 2022: “Quiet as It’s Kept.” | Artforum, Summer 2022

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The Royal College of Art in London announced a new Sir Frank Bowling Scholarship designed to support British M.A., MRes. and Ph.D., students of Black African and Caribbean descent. | More

The International African American Museum in Charleston, S.C. (shown at left), announced its grand opening date is Jan. 21, 2023. | More


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