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Exhibitions
On View: 'Dindga McCannon: In Plain Sight' at Fridman Gallery in New York City

On View: ‘Dindga McCannon: In Plain Sight’ at Fridman Gallery in New York City

  In 2012, Dindga McCannon paid tribute to Black women in aviation.   A CO-FOUNDER OF THE ARTIST COLLECTIVE Where We At Black Women Artists, Dindga McCannon established her artistic identity during the Civil Rights Movement and the onset of the feminist arts movement, concerns that inform her work today. McCannon is embarking on a...
Best of September: 13 New Museum Exhibitions Feature Artists Ulysses Jenkins, Adam Pendleton, Deborah Roberts, Naudline Pierre, Arthur Jafa, Lorna Simpson & More

Best of September: 13 New Museum Exhibitions Feature Artists Ulysses Jenkins, Adam Pendleton, Deborah Roberts, Naudline Pierre, Arthur Jafa, Lorna Simpson & More

  THE FIRST MUSEUM retrospective of pioneering video/performance artist Ulysses Jenkins opens this week at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The exhibition is co-curated by ICA Associate Curator Meg Onli and Erin Christovale, associate curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Following Kerry James Marshall and...
On View: 'Be Your Wonderful Self: The Portraits of Beauford Delaney' at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York City

On View: ‘Be Your Wonderful Self: The Portraits of Beauford Delaney’ at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York City

Installation view of “Be Your Wonderful Self: The Portraits of Beauford Delaney”   A RARE OPPORTUNITY to view a broad selection of portraits by Beauford Delaney (1901–1979), this exhibition features a 1962 self portrait and two dozen paintings of people in the Delaney’s orbit. The selection includes a 1964 portrait of Delia Delaney, the artist’s...
A Nexus for the Black Community, Tone Memphis is Presenting 'On The Road: Chocolate Cities,' Group Exhibition Explores Space, Place, and Belonging

A Nexus for the Black Community, Tone Memphis is Presenting ‘On The Road: Chocolate Cities,’ Group Exhibition Explores Space, Place, and Belonging

  A GROUP EXHIBITION in Memphis, Tenn., brings together a slate of mostly rising artists whose work explores notions of Blackness, space, place, and belonging. Tone Memphis, a Black arts nonprofit in Memphis, Tenn., is presenting “On The Road: Chocolate Cities: Exploration of Space Across the Black Diaspora.” Organized by Larry Ossei-Mensah, the exhibition reflects...
Retrospective of Michael Richards Showcases Rigor, Promise of Artist Who Died in Sept. 11 Terrorist Attack on World Trade Center

Retrospective of Michael Richards Showcases Rigor, Promise of Artist Who Died in Sept. 11 Terrorist Attack on World Trade Center

  A RESIN AND STEEL SCULPTURE standing seven-and-a-half feet tall on a central platform anchors the first museum retrospective of Michael Richards (1963-2001). A seminal work from his series about the Tuskegee Airmen, “Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian” (1999), depicts a Black male figure wearing a Tuskegee Airman suit with 18 miniature US P-51 Mustang...
5 New Art Gallery Exhibitions to See Now Feature Deborah Roberts, Carla Jay Harris, Jarrell Gibbs, LaKela Brown, and Brittney Leeanne Williams

5 New Art Gallery Exhibitions to See Now Feature Deborah Roberts, Carla Jay Harris, Jarrell Gibbs, LaKela Brown, and Brittney Leeanne Williams

  THE FALL EXHIBITION SEASON is officially underway and some of the first new gallery shows to open feature five early- and mid-career artists to watch. Each has a unique visual voice. What unifies their latest work is a resonance with the contemporary moment. Deborah Roberts, Carla Jay Harris, and Brittney Leeanne Williams are confronting...
On View: 'The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth,' Adrienne Elise Tarver's First Solo Museum Exhibition at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn.

On View: ‘The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth,’ Adrienne Elise Tarver’s First Solo Museum Exhibition at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn.

  FOR HER FIRST SOLO MUSEUM EXHIBITION, Adrienne Elise Tarver is presenting a focused installation. Opening tomorrow at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn., “Adrienne Elise Tarver: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth” features “Manifesting Paradise” (2020–ongoing), a suite of 22 mixed-media works on paper based on the Major Arcana tarot cards,...
From California to Chicago, Tennessee to Maine, 15 of Summer's Best Museum Exhibitions Remain on View This Fall

From California to Chicago, Tennessee to Maine, 15 of Summer’s Best Museum Exhibitions Remain on View This Fall

  A BROAD SELECTION of exhibitions opened at art museums throughout the United States over the summer months. A great number of these shows remain on view, some through September, others further into the fall and beyond. Major traveling exhibitions of Bob Thompson, Joseph Yoakum, and Alma Thomas are underway. The first solo museum exhibitions...
On View: 'Social Works,' Curated by Antwaun Sargent at Gagosian in New York, Exhibition Will Have a Sequel in London in October

On View: ‘Social Works,’ Curated by Antwaun Sargent at Gagosian in New York, Exhibition Will Have a Sequel in London in October

“Black Wall Street Journey #5 (2021) by Rick Lowe   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   At Gagosian, Antwaun Sargent has organized his first show since being named a director at the gallery in January. An ambitious group exhibition, “Social Works” explores the relationship between public and private space and Black social practice....
'Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe,' a Survey Spread Across Two Institutions, Presents Female Forms That 'Activate Legacies of Bodily and Spiritual Survival'

‘Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe,’ a Survey Spread Across Two Institutions, Presents Female Forms That ‘Activate Legacies of Bodily and Spiritual Survival’

    DUALITY IS A CONSISTENT THEME in the work of Alison Saar. The multidisciplinary artist has long centered the female body and the wonder of nature in her practice, using figurative forms to explore cultural narratives and contemporary events. In her latest exhibition, she considers the binaries of body and spirit, earth and air...
August in New York: 8 Gallery Exhibitions to See Now Feature Texas Isaiah, Arcmanoro Niles, Julie Mehretu, Cal Bocicault, and Fascinating Landscapes

August in New York: 8 Gallery Exhibitions to See Now Feature Texas Isaiah, Arcmanoro Niles, Julie Mehretu, Cal Bocicault, and Fascinating Landscapes

  THE CHURN OF THE NEW YORK ART WORLD slows down in August with many art galleries on hiatus until after Labor Day. Nonetheless, in the waning days of August, there is still plenty to see in New York, this week and next, before the transition to fall shows in September. Terrific solo exhibitions and...
On View: 'Oracles of the Pink Universe,' South African Artist Simphiwe Ndzube's First U.S. Solo Museum Exhibition

On View: ‘Oracles of the Pink Universe,’ South African Artist Simphiwe Ndzube’s First U.S. Solo Museum Exhibition

“The Bloom of the Corpse Flower” (2020) by Simphiwe Ndzube   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   THE DENVER ART MUSEUM is hosting the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of Simphiwe Ndzube. Imagination is fundamental for the Los Angeles-based South African artist. For the exhibition, Ndzube created his own fantasy world within the...
Washington Plans Citywide Celebration of Pioneering Artist Alma Thomas, First Lady Michelle Obama Opening Major Symposium

Washington Plans Citywide Celebration of Pioneering Artist Alma Thomas, First Lady Michelle Obama Opening Major Symposium

  WASHINGTON, D.C., is gearing up for a citywide celebration of artist Alma Thomas (1891-1978) this fall. Honoring her contributions to the city’s cultural heritage, the events coincide with the traveling exhibition “Alma Thomas: Everything is Beautiful,” opening Oct. 30 at The Phillips Collection. Institutions throughout Washington are participating in the celebration, including the National...
Coming Soon: Toyin Ojih Odutola's 'A Countervailing Theory' Exhibition Will Make U.S. Debut at Hirshhorn Museum This Fall

Coming Soon: Toyin Ojih Odutola’s ‘A Countervailing Theory’ Exhibition Will Make U.S. Debut at Hirshhorn Museum This Fall

  THIS FALL, A FASCINATING STORY about Nigerian women, female warriors who ruled a prehistoric civilization, will be told at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Presented through a series of 40 large-scale monochromatic drawings by Toyin Ojih Odutola, the mythological narrative conceived by the artist will unfold on the Smithsonian museum’s...
Encore Presentation: Cut Short By COVID-19 Closure, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's Tate Britain Exhibition is Returning in Fall 2022

Encore Presentation: Cut Short By COVID-19 Closure, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Tate Britain Exhibition is Returning in Fall 2022

  THE MOST EXTENSIVE SURVEY of British painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye will open and close at Tate Britain in London. “Lynette Yiadom- Boakye: Fly in League with the Night” features about 80 works made over the span of nearly two decades, dating back to 2003. After debuting at Tate last December, the run of the exhibition...
Best of Both Worlds: For Three Decades, British Painter Frank Bowling Shuttled Between Studios in London and New York

Best of Both Worlds: For Three Decades, British Painter Frank Bowling Shuttled Between Studios in London and New York

  WHEN BRITISH PAINTER Frank Bowling moved to New York in the mid-1960s, the new art scene broadened his perspective. He connected with Jack Whitten, Mel Edwards, Al Loving, and Daniel LaRue Johnson, met Jasper Johns, and began a decades-long dialogue with Clement Greenburg. It was also in New York that Bowling shifted away from...