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Kerry James Marshall Painted a Portrait of Harvard Scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Kerry James Marshall Painted a Portrait of Harvard Scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.

  A NEW PORTRAIT of Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr., was painted by Kerry James Marshall, the critically acclaimed Chicago painter. A prolific author and Harvard University professor, Gates is a widely regarded authority on African American history and literature whose influence extends far beyond academia. Most recently, he served as executive producer of the...
Latest News in Black Art: New Weeksville CEO, Cranbrook Academy Investing $30 Million Gift in Student Diversity, Major Acquisitions at PAFA, Morgan Library, and High Museum

Latest News in Black Art: New Weeksville CEO, Cranbrook Academy Investing $30 Million Gift in Student Diversity, Major Acquisitions at PAFA, Morgan Library, and High Museum

  The following is a snapshot of the latest news in Black art:   Raymond Codrington. | Courtesy Weeksville Heritage Center   Appointments   Brooklyn’s Weeksville Heritage Center Names New CEO Raymond Codrington is joining Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn at CEO. The news was announced April 6. A cultural anthropologist, Codrington has served as...
Eunice Bélidor Joins Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Curator of Contemporary Art is First Black Curator in Institution's History

Eunice Bélidor Joins Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Curator of Contemporary Art is First Black Curator in Institution’s History

  THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS (MMFA) has hired a new curator. Eunice Bélidor is joining the museum as the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Curator of Quebec and Canadian Contemporary Art (1945 to Today). The news was announced April 7. The appointment is historic. Bélidor is the first Black full-time curator at the...
Whitney Museum in New York Promotes Adrienne Edwards From Curator of Performance to Director of Curatorial Affairs

Whitney Museum in New York Promotes Adrienne Edwards From Curator of Performance to Director of Curatorial Affairs

THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART announced the promotion of Adrienne Edwards today, she has been named director of curatorial affairs. For the past three years, Edwards has served as the Engell Speyer Curator and Curator of Performance at the Whitney. In her new role as Engell Speyer Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, Edwards...
Rhea L. Combs Named Director of Curatorial Affairs at Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Rhea L. Combs Named Director of Curatorial Affairs at Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

  THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY (NPG) in Washington, D.C., announced a new appointment today. Rhea L. Combs is joining the Smithsonian museum as director of curatorial affairs. Leading the curatorial and conservation teams and working closely with the history and audience engagement departments, Combs will oversee NPG’s exhibitions, acquisitions, and collection. She will also be...
Nicole R. Fleetwood Wins National Book Critics Circle Award for 'Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration'

Nicole R. Fleetwood Wins National Book Critics Circle Award for ‘Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration’

  IN THE CATEGORY OF CRITICISM, Nicole R. Fleetwood won the National Book Critics Circle Award for
Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina Sells Alma Thomas Painting to Anonymous Buyer for $2.8 Million

Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina Sells Alma Thomas Painting to Anonymous Buyer for $2.8 Million

  THE GREENVILLE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (GCMA) in Greenville, S.C., sold “Alma’s Flower Garden” (circa 1968) for $2.8 million to an anonymous buyer. The museum confirmed the sale to The Greenville News and USA Today Network last week. The museum’s board voted unanimously on Oct. 21, 2020, granting approval to deaccession one work of...
The Week in Black Art, March 29-April 4, 2021: Artist Winfred Rembert Has Died, Curator Danielle A. Jackson is Going to Artists Space, Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle  Appointed Online Director at Pace Gallery

The Week in Black Art, March 29-April 4, 2021: Artist Winfred Rembert Has Died, Curator Danielle A. Jackson is Going to Artists Space, Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle Appointed Online Director at Pace Gallery

  This post will be updated with the latest news in Black art throughout the week   Surviving a Lynching | Ashes to Ashes: An award-winning, short documentary made in 2019, considers artist Winfred Rembert’s traumatic experiences in the Jim Crow South, a narrative that reflects America’s dark history with racism and injustice. | Video...
Cleveland Museum of Art Acquires Key Works by African American Artists Amy Sherald, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Wadsworth Jarrell, and D’Angelo Lovell Williams

Cleveland Museum of Art Acquires Key Works by African American Artists Amy Sherald, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Wadsworth Jarrell, and D’Angelo Lovell Williams

  THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART (CMA) is presenting “Women Now” in spring 2022. The forthcoming exhibition will focus on contemporary women printmakers, including Amy Sherald. “Handsome” (2020), her first-ever print, will be featured in the show. Recently added to the museum’s collection, the limited-edition screenprint is based on Sherald’s 2019 painting of Jamar Roberts,...
Damon Reaves is Joining Washington's National Gallery of Art as Head of Education

Damon Reaves is Joining Washington’s National Gallery of Art as Head of Education

THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART (NGA) has appointed Damon Reaves head of education. An experienced educator in museum and classroom settings, Reaves brings more than a dozen years of experience to the position. He joins the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., from the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) where he has been on staff since...
The Week in Black Art, March 22-28, 2021: Smithsonian Hiring 6 New Museum Directors, Veronica Ryan Now Represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, Gary Simmons Joins Hauser & Wirth

The Week in Black Art, March 22-28, 2021: Smithsonian Hiring 6 New Museum Directors, Veronica Ryan Now Represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, Gary Simmons Joins Hauser & Wirth

  This post will be updated with the latest news in Black art throughout the week   Portrait of Gary Simmons. | Photo by Tito Molina, HRDWRKER   March 25, 2021   Smithsonian Hiring 6 New Museum Directors For the first time in its history, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is searching for directors...
National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Has Hired Eric L. Motley as Deputy Director

National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Has Hired Eric L. Motley as Deputy Director

THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART (NGA) is adding to its executive ranks. Today, the museum announced the appointment of Eric L. Motley as deputy director, a critical role focused on driving the institution’s mission, building awareness and support for its programing, and expanding and better serving its audiences. He officially starts at NGA on Aug....
Jenkins Johnson Gallery Announced its Representation of New Jersey-Based Painter Philemona Williamson

Jenkins Johnson Gallery Announced its Representation of New Jersey-Based Painter Philemona Williamson

Philemona Williamson at Montclair Art Museum. | Courtesy Jenkins Johnson Gallery   JENKINS JOHNSON GALLERY now represents Philemona Williamson. The New Jersey-based artist makes narrative paintings that capture poetic, dream-like moments that elicit multiple interpretations. The timeless, invented scenes reflect childhood and adolescent experiences and explore the nature of innocence, vulnerability, and strength through the...
Fresh From Studio Museum Residency, Naudline Pierre Joins James Cohan Gallery

Fresh From Studio Museum Residency, Naudline Pierre Joins James Cohan Gallery

“Lest You Fall” (2019) by Naudline Pierre   JAMES COHAN GALLERY in New York announced its representation of Naudline Pierre today. Brooklyn-based Pierre makes figurative paintings and drawings suffused with enchanting color. Her images of fantastic and imagined worlds are populated with recurring characters who hold, carry, watch, and hover over a protagonist who serves...
The Week in Black Art, March 15-21, 2021: Art Institute of Chicago Hires New Education Director, New Orleans Museum Acquires Wangechi Mutu Sculpture, Major Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Painting Headed to Auction

The Week in Black Art, March 15-21, 2021: Art Institute of Chicago Hires New Education Director, New Orleans Museum Acquires Wangechi Mutu Sculpture, Major Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Painting Headed to Auction

  This post will be updated with the latest news in Black art throughout the week   Ashley Harris is heading up marketing at Mana Culture. | Photo by Angela Pham   March 20, 2021   Ashley Harris Joins Mana Culture Ashley Harris was appointed head of marketing, Arts and Culture for Mana Culture based...
Lauren Haynes Named Senior Curator at Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art

Lauren Haynes Named Senior Curator at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art

  THE NASHER MUSEUM OF ART at Duke University announced the appointment of Lauren Haynes this morning. She is joining the museum as Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. The Nasher Museum in Durham, N.C., has been a leader in the field, showcasing a spectrum of emerging and overlooked artists,...