Work by Shimon Attie is now on view at the Galerie Rudolfinum through March 18, 2018.
Carrie Mae Weems: Beacon is now on view at the Edward Hopper House through February 25, 2018.
Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist is open now at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, through February 28, 2018.
Don't miss Carrie Mae Weems, "Grace Notes: Reflections for Now" at the Kennedy Center on October 20, 2017.
Deborah Luster has been awarded a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship.
Carrie Mae Weems, "Ritual and Revolution" is on view at the Block Museum of Art through December 10, 2017.
Hank Willis Thomas' "All Power to All People" is on view now in downtown Philadelphia in partnership with Mural Arts and Monument Lab.
"Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined" opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art on October 20, 2017.
El Anatsui has been awarded the 2017 Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture, in honor of Prince Takamatsu, in association with the Japan Art Association.
Richard Mosse's work will be included in Prix Pictet's tour of Space, opening November 23 at the Hillside Forum, Tokyo, Japan.
Titus Kaphar's work will be included in Making History Visible: Of American Myths and National Heroes, opening September 26th at the Princeton University Art Museum, on view through January 14, 2018.
Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents "Let's Make Some History," a solo exhibition of paintings by Barkley L. Hendricks, on view through October 29, 2017.
Hayv Kahraman's solo exhibition, Acts of Reparation, will be on view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 8 through December 31, 2017.
Work by Nina Chanel Abney is included in "Animal Farm" on view at The Brand Foundation Art Study Center through October 1st.
Vibha Galhotra will give an artist talk at the Pizzuti Collection on July 20th at 6pm.
"Visions From India" artist Vibha Galhotra visits the Pizzuti Collection for a talk about her life and work that centers on the environmental impact of industrialization, commercial growth, and overpopulation in our global world."
Yoan Capote and Enrique Martínez Celaya artworks featured in "On the Horizon: Contemporary Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Pérez Museum of Art, Miami, June 9, 2017 - April 8, 2018.
"On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection" is on view through April 8, 2018 at the Pérez Museum of Art in Miami, and features large scale works by Yoan Capote and Enrique Martínez Celaya. "The diverse meanings placed on the horizon—which include it as a symbol of longing, containment or desire—radiate across the additional works on view. Produced in various media, such as, painting, sculpture, drawing, video, and installation, these contemplative artworks help generate a discussion regarding the specificities of Cuba’s current physical, social, and political environment, as revealed through each artist’s personal experience and unique aesthetics. This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of Jorge M. Pérez."
"Soul Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" opens July 12th at the Tate Modern in London, featuring work by Barkley L. Hendricks.
"The show opens in 1963 at the height of the Civil Rights movement and its dreams of integration. In its wake emerged more militant calls for Black Power: a rallying cry for African American pride, autonomy and solidarity, drawing inspiration from newly independent African nations.
Artists responded to these times by provoking, confronting, and confounding expectations. Their momentum makes for an electrifying visual journey. Vibrant paintings, powerful murals, collage, photography, revolutionary clothing designs and sculptures made with Black hair, melted records, and tights – the variety of artworks reflects the many viewpoints of artists and collectives at work during these explosive times.
Some engage with legendary figures from the period, with paintings in homage to political leaders Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Angela Davis, musician John Coltrane and sporting hero Jack Johnson. Muhammad Ali appears in Andy Warhol’s famous painting.
This landmark exhibition is a rare opportunity to see era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America."
Shimon Attie, "Stateless" opens June 30th at Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig, with an artist lecture on July 1st.
"Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig is delighted to announce Stateless, the first German solo exhibition by NY-based artist Shimon Attie since he produced the celebrated project The Writing on the Wall in Berlin in the nineties. Stateless explores issues of flight, loss and belonging at a time when many immigrants are seeking refuge in Europe and are at risk of being banned from other parts of the Western world. The exhibition also involves other communities, who lived, or are still living, in a situation of limbo, whether their predicament was caused by an ongoing conflict or the revocation of their citizenship and identity."
Gehard Demetz, "Introjection" will be on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome from June 23 - September 10, 2017
L"His exhibition "Introjection" is almost exclusively inspired by themes related to sacred iconographies, both liturgical (church) and architectural (churches) or devotional (Virgin Mary and Sacred Heart), to which profane and dissectionary images counterpoint (Hitler and Mao ) And secular (barn of Val Gardena), where predominance is dissonance, fading, metamorphosis between infant and adult conditions, between predestination and curse."
Radcliffe Bailey's "The Great Dismal Swamp" is on view now at the Greater Reston Arts Center through August 18th.
"Radcliffe Bailey is a nationally-recognized painter, sculptor, and mixed-media artist who layers imagery, culturally resonant materials, and text to explore themes of ancestry, race, and memory. "The Great Dismal Swamp" is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the DC metro area, although he has previously participated in group exhibitions at the Smithsonian, the Corcoran, and the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland."
Becky Suss will be in conversation with Byron Kim Saturday, May 6th at 513 West 20th Street.
Space is limited, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barkley L. Hendricks, Portraitist of a New Black Pride, Dies at 72
The Houston Museum of African American Culture presents "Africa on my mind: The art of Malick Sidibé and Leslie Wayne" on view April 28 - July 1, 2017.
"Malick Sidibé was a photographer known for his black-and- white images chronicling the exuberant lives and culture, often of youth, in his native Bamako, Mali in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Sidibé’s work documents a transitional moment as Mali gained its independence and transformed from a French colony steeped in tradition to a more modern independent country looking toward the West. In her African inspired Paint/Rag series, Wayne drapes skins of paint in ways that resemble textiles, adorning the surfaces with varying patterns, mixed and matched from different tribes across Africa. By making a painting that looks like a humble scrap of cloth, Wayne addresses head on the undervalued beauty of the everyday and the separation of fine arts and crafts in Western culture."
"If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard" opens at the Tang Teaching Museum on April 22nd.
Curated by Dayton Director Ian Berry, the exhibition includes work by Radcliffe Bailey, Matthew Barney, Nick Cave, Jean Dubuffet, Phil Frost, Leon Golub, David Ireland, Brad Kahlhamer, Bharti Kher, Kerry James Marshall, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Stephen Shames, Malick Sidibé, Jeff Sonhouse, Nancy Spero, Leslie Wayne, and Hank Willis Thomas.
Hank Willis Thomas has been selected to receive a 2017 Soros Equality Fellowship.
"The 2017 Soros Equality Fellows will receive stipends ranging from $80,000 to $100,000 to support projects over the course of 12 to 18 months. Hank Willis Thomas will use the tools of a contemporary advertising agency to create a campaign aimed at exploring and discrediting distortions in the racial narrative in the United States."
Meleko Mokgosi's "Lex and Love" is on view at the Williams College Museum of Art from March 17 - September 17, 2017.
"In two new chapters in his Democratic Intuition project Meleko Mokgosi (Botswana, b. 1981) Williams ’07, investigates the irresolvable contradiction that is democracy. Presented together for the first time at WCMA, "Lex and Love" consider the daily experiences of diverse populations who occupy southern Africa. "Lex" explores the role that gendering plays in specific cultural and socio-economic relations. "Love" applies the ideas of allegory, historicity, love, and representation to eight uniquely shaped canvases inspired by the paintings of William-Adolphe Bouguereau from the 1890s made coincidentally during the height of the scramble for Africa."
Shimon Attie, "Currents 113: Lost in Space (After Huck)" opens April 1st at the St. Louis Art Museum and will be on view through June 25, 2017.
"In "Currents 113: Lost in Space (After Huck)," Attie draws inspiration from Saint Louis' location on the Mississippi River. He has created an immersive multimedia environment that echoes one of the river's most iconic stories: the journey of Huckleberry Finn and Jim, a runaway slave, down the Mississippi on a raft as told in Mark Twain's 1884 novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In the center of the room, a sculpture of a raft sits surrounded by projections of clusters of light, giving the impression that the raft is floating in a celestial space."
Vibha Galhotra works on view at Lux Art Institute through May 27, 2017.
Hank Willis Thomas 'Blind Memory' and 'Freedom Isn't Always Beautiful' on view at the SCAD Museum of Art February 21 - August 20, 2017.
"The SCAD Museum of Art presents "Blind Memory," a site-specific installation by Hank Willis Thomas in the museum’s Jewel Boxes exhibited concurrently with his exhibition "Freedom Isn’t Always Beautiful" in the Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies. Four new works in the exhibition explore the history of the museum complex as a railway depot and its relationship to the agricultural and labor practices of the past. Through the display of commodities that were exported from Savannah during "The Weeping Time" — a two-day period in March 1857, when 436 men, women and children were auctioned at a racetrack in the city (notable for being the largest sale of human beings in the history of the U.S.) — Thomas calls attention to suppressed or forgotten incidents that were nonetheless instrumental in shaping our contemporary social and political reality." Hank Willis Thomas will be giving a public lecture on February 22nd.
Nick Cave public lecture at Stanford University's Anderson Collection, March 9th.
"The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is excited to present artist Nick Cave as the speaker for its third annual Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture. Interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave challenges conventions on what it means to be a visual artist, a performer, a crafter, and an educator. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, full-body sized sculptures, often worn as costumes and for performances. Soundsuits conceal the wearer’s identity leaving the viewer with no indication of race, gender, or age. Cave is the focus of a temporary exhibition at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, on view in the Wisch Family Gallery and throughout the first floor of the museum through August 14, 2017. The Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture is presented in partnership with Stanford Live."
Nick Cave on view at Telfair Museums' Jepson Center, January 27 - April 23, 2017.
"The exhibition at Telfair Museums features a selection of soundsuits made in the past decade, as well as two tondos—large circular works evoking the night sky and the cosmos—and two recent videos documenting the soundsuits and their use in performance. This is the largest presentation of Cave’s work ever displayed in Georgia."
"Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015" is on view now at York College Galleries through February 18th. Hank Willis Thomas will give a lecture on February 9th.
"Thomas explores notions of virtue, power, beauty, privilege, and desire by selecting advertising portrayals of white women between 1915-2015 and removing text or logos identifying the product being sold. “I think what happens with ads when we put text and logos on them, we do all of the heavy lifting of making them make sense to us,” he said. “But when you see the image naked or unbranded, you start to really ask questions. That's why we can almost never tell what it's actually an ad for because ads really aren't about the products. It's about what myths and generalizations we could attach.”"
Meleko Mokgosi's collaborative exhibition "Pax Kaffraria" will open at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center on February 3, 2017 and the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester on February 19, 2017.
"Pax Kaffraria" depicts the history of a fictional African nation. It features founding myths and legends of national triumph. An agrarian culture develops into an industrial power and modern society. Flags wave, leaders command, and the pomp and circumstance are televised for viewers who choose to watch the events from the comfort of their homes. There are references to shared values and prosperity—and to attendant threats of possible future decline. One large chapter and related drawings from Mokgosi’s "Pax Kaffraria" will be on view at RoCo from February 3 - March 19. Six chapters will be on view at MAG from February 19 - May 7.
Works by Enrique Martinez Celaya are on view now at the Phillips Collection through April 2, 2017.
"A new One-on-One installation juxtaposes several paintings from the Phillips’s permanent collection by American Romantic painter Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917) with a painting by Cuban-born American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, The First Kierkegaard, a dark, mystical painting Celaya donated to the museum in honor of Deputy Director for Curatorial and Academic Affairs Klaus Ottmann on the occasion of Dr. Ottmann’s five year anniversary at The Phillips Collection. The One-on-One series engages an artist to select a work from the museum’s permanent collection and juxtapose it with one or several works of his/her own."
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye - Under-Song For A Cipher at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, May 3 - September 3, 2017.
"This exhibition brings together a selection of works by British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (b. 1977, London), a 2013 Turner Prize finalist and one of the most renowned painters of her generation. Yiadom-Boakye’s lush oil paintings embrace many of the conventions of historical European portraiture, but expand on that tradition by engaging fictional subjects who often serve as protagonists of the artist’s short stories as well. These imagined figures are almost always black, an attribute Yiadom-Boakye sees as both political and autobiographical, given her own West African heritage. Often immersed in indistinct, monochrome settings, her elegant characters come to life through the artist’s bold brushwork, appearing both cavalier and nonchalant, quotidian and otherworldly. In part because they inhabit neutral spaces, her subjects’ idle, private moments provoke the imagination of viewers and remain open to a range of narratives, memories, and interpretations. This exhibition is curated by Natalie Bell, Assistant Curator, and Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication."
Nina Chanel Abney - Royal Flush, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC, February 16 - July 16, 2017.
"Several of Abney’s early paintings directly confront interracial violence and now seem like eerily prescient harbingers in the wake of the recent deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement in cities across the country. The titles and the imagery of these, along with more recent works that take on similar subjects, pose larger philosophical questions about the dynamics of power and responsibility, the ethics, agency and inherent bias of policing, methods of interrogation, and the politics of discriminatory practices. Often based on real events and filled with metaphor and allegory, Abney’s works take us on occasionally uncomfortable existential investigations of our own imperfect humanity. "
Phaidon's new Vitamin P3 features Jack Shainman Gallery artists Hayv Kahraman and Meleko Mokgosi
Deborah Luster will be an artist in residence with the Rauschenberg Foundation, November 23 - December 14, 2016.
"Inaugurated in 2012, Rauschenberg Residency, the studios, houses, and property now function together as a creative center that welcomes artists of all disciplines from around the world to live, work, and create. Established as one of the foundation’s major strategic initiatives, the residency program serves more than seventy artists annually. The harmonious juxtaposition of natural landscape, modern and adaptable studios, and comfortable housing provides a perfect backdrop for the artistic process. The facility is infused with beauty and tranquility and marked by its unique history."
Photographs by Adi Nes are included in "Art and Resolution, 1900 to Today" opening November 15th at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
"The dual meaning of “resolution,” as both coming-into-view and as a means of overcoming conflict defines artistic responses to the historic transformations of the global twentieth century. Works selected for the exhibition visualize resolution and its conceptual underpinnings, and seek to act as agents of resolution through visual culture."
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye opens "A Passion To A Principle"
"In her first institutional solo exhibition in Switzerland, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (b. 1977 in London; lives and works in London) fills our majestic, skylit upstairs galleries with all new paintings, lush and vibrant reflections on perception, painting, and the figure. At once traditional in her approach to form, line, and color, and decidedly contemporary in her self-reflexivity about her medium, the British-Ghanaian writer, poet, and painter represents a bold and beautiful cast of black figures culled from the haze of memory, projection, and fiction. The goal is not formal perfection, or exactitude with regard to any real person, but another sort of precision, one that aims to, 'make people intelligible through paint.'"
Richard Mosse selected as finalist for the Prix Pictet Photography Award
Richard Mosse is among twelve photographers selected as the finalists of the Prix Pictet photography award’s seventh edition. The finalists' work will be featured in an exhibition opening at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on May 4, 2017, when the winner will be announced by Prix Pictet honorary president and former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan.
Toyin Ojih Odutola "A Matter of Fact on view at Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco through April 2, 2017
"A Matter of Fact presents a new body of work from Toyin Ojih Odutola. With vibrant pastel and charcoal drawings developed out of her unique pen ink and pencil style, Ojih Odutola presents a meditation on the expression and constructs of wealth. From a portrait of a mother and daughter enjoying an equestrian afternoon to the commanding presentation of The Marchioness elegantly poised presiding within a mansion, these drawings allow one to recognize wealth, as it exists beyond fact or questioning.".
Nick Cave brings 'HEARD' to Sydney, November 10th and 12th.
In partnership with Carriageworks and the City of Sydney, thirty colourful horses transform Carriageworks and Sydney’s CBD with three live performances featuring over 60 dancers & musicians.
Brad Kahlhamer's "Nomadic Studio" will be on view October 27 through December 15 at Reed College's Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery.
"The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, is proud to present Nomadic Studio—the first ever exhibition featuring the sketchbooks of celebrated Native-American, New York-based artist Brad Kahlhamer. The exhibition includes fifty volumes that exemplify the breadth of Kahlhamer’s pictorial and material experiments in this essential historical and contemporary art form. Kahlhamer refers to the sketchbook as a “nomadic studio,” a site of immersive notational creation and reflection—a “book of moments” in the artist’s words—that imaginatively witnesses and captures the fluid overlay of diverse geographies, myths, and cultures. Throughout his sketchbooks Kahlhamer observes and reimagines the landscapes and peoples he encounters. Paris, New York, the American Southwest, London, and the friendly confines of home and studio, flow together with graphic abandon." ARTIST TALK: Saturday, October 29, 4:00 pm Reed College Chapel, Eliot Hall, followed by a reception with the artist.
Nick Cave, "Until" opens at MASS MoCA on Saturday, October 15th.
"If you think you know Nick Cave, think again. The artist celebrated for his wearable sculptures called Soundsuits turns expectations inside out at MASS MoCA in a massive immersive installation opening October 16, 2016, where not a single Soundsuit will be found. Instead, Cave uses MASS MoCA’s signature football field-sized space to create his largest installation to date, made up of thousands of found objects and millions of beads, which will make viewers feel as if they have entered a rich sensory tapestry, like stepping directly inside the belly of one of his iconic Soundsuits."
Kerry James Marshall, "Mastry" travels to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
"MOCA is pleased to present a 35-year retrospective of painter Kerry James Marshall, co-organized by the MCA Chicago, MOCA, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art under the leadership of MOCA’s Chief Curator Helen Molesworth. "
Hayv Kahraman's self-titled exhibition opens October 8th at the Joslyn Museum, and will remain on view through January 8, 2017.
"Mining the psychological and physical repercussions of being displaced from home, Kahraman has conceived a personal iconography that draws on art historical traditions, including Renaissance painting, illuminated manuscripts, and Japanese woodblock printing, as well as illustrations found in contemporary wartime propaganda and combat manuals. In Kahraman’s paintings, the eastern and western worlds collide, and the female body is caught in the crosshairs."
Radcliffe Bailey's "Pensive" opens at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, October 13th, and will be on view through February 5, 2017.
"The SCAD Museum of Art presents "Pensive," an exhibition by internationally renowned, Atlanta, Georgia-based artist Radcliffe Bailey. A painter, sculptor and mixed media artist, Bailey layers imagery, culturally resonant materials and text to explore the themes of ancestry, race and memory. By translating his personal experiences into art, Bailey believes he can achieve an understanding of, and a healing from, universal history."
"Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali" opens tomorrow, October 6th at London's Somerset House. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and on view through January 15, 2017.
"The first major solo exhibition in the UK of the late Malian photographer. Sidibé is known for his black-and-white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, Bamako, in the wake of the country’s independence. The exhibition will present 45 original prints from the 1960s and 1970s around three defined themes: ‘Au Fleuve Niger / Beside the Niger River’, ‘Tiep à Bamako / Nightlife in Bamako’, and ‘Le Studio / The Studio’."
Radcliffe Bailey, Barkley L. Hendricks, Deborah Luster, Kerry James Marshall, Carrie Mae Weems and Hank Willis Thomas are all included in "Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art" at the Nasher Museum of Art through January 8, 2017.
Hank Willis Thomas will give the annual Barbra and Andrew Rothschild Lecture on November 3rd at 7pm.
"Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art questions and explores the complex and contested space of the American South. One needs to look no further than literature, cuisine and music to see evidence of the South’s profound influence on American culture, and consequently much of the world. This unprecedented exhibition addresses and complicates the many realities, fantasies and myths that have long captured the public’s imagination about the American South. Presenting a wide range of perspectives, from both within and outside of the region, the exhibition creates a composite portrait of southern identity through the work of 60 artists. The art reflects upon and pulls apart the dynamic nature of the South’s social, political and cultural landscape."
Richard Mosse's "The Enclave" opens Friday, September 30th at Hafnarhús Reykjavík Art Museum.
"Central to Mosse’s work is the idea that the ubiquity of wartime images has desensitized us to the atrocities of war. Disturbing footage from conflict regions around the world appears on our screens with such regularity that it is often disregarded as simply more visual clutter. Mosse spent the several years photographing the war-ravaged land and people of Central Africa using a discontinued infrared film developed by the military to detect camouflaged targets. By registering an invisible spectrum of light, this film transforms the colour green into a brilliant pink, rendering the landscape in a surreal, psychedelic palette. Armed with his camera, Mosse and his collaborators, cinematographer Trevor Tweeten and composer Ben Frost, embedded themselves into armed Congolese rebel groups. The resulting work, The Enclave, is a magenta-suffused, seductive, morbid and deeply moving installation depicting stories from this troubled region."
Jackie Nickerson will exhibit selections from her "Farm" and "Terrain" series in "August" part of the "The Undocument" for this year's FotoFocus Biennial October 1 - January 23.
"Jackie Nickerson’s dignified portraits of African farm laborers are alive with perceptions of the physical and psychological impact of the surrounding agricultural landscape. Nickerson’s first body of work, Farm, was made over a three-year period in rural locations across southern Africa. Farm concentrates on how individual identity is improvised through clothing, expression, and attitude. Nickerson’s latest body of work, Terrain takes a broader view, focusing on laborers in relation to their environment and the raw materials cultivated there. In an interview for Cult magazine in 2013, Nickerson said, “Terrain is about us in the landscape, how we change the world we inhabit at every moment of our being human, and how, for better and for worse, the world that we make…changes who we are.”"
Carrie Mae Weems, "I once knew a girl..." will be on view at Harvard University's Cooper Gallery September 20 through January 7, 2017.
"The Cooper Gallery presents the evocative work of internationally acclaimed artist Carrie Mae Weems. The exhibition, which highlights her tableaux of storytelling and questions our social constructs of power, race, and space, is composed of three interlinked sections—Beauty, Legacies, and Landscapes—and features fifty-two artworks in photography and video installation. Through her striking visual performance and narrative scene setting, Weems critiques the historical and contemporary cultural productions that envelop and form us. She makes their pervasive and seemingly absolute power visible and their subtle illusions discernable. Within this searing artistic practice, Weems offers us alternative modes of being and presence, and poses a more multidimensional concept of humanity.".
Sunday New York Times feature: "Kerry James Marshall, Boldly Repainting Art History"
Read Randy Kennedy's New York Times review of Kerry James Marshall's career and upcoming retrospective at The Met Breuer (opening October 25, 2016) here and in print in this Sunday's New York Times, September 18, 2016
Kerry James Marshall will be in conversation with Sarah Thornton at Chicago Expo on September 24th, presented in partnership with the MCA Chicago.
Hank Willis Thomas's "Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915 - 2015 opens September 3rd at the Weatherspoon Art Museum
"In Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915–2015, artist Hank Willis Thomas reveals ways that corporate campaigns have both marketed products to white women and marketed those women as a feminine standard. By removing the texts from historic advertisements, he offers a visual chronology of white women’s perceived social roles, a history he describes as “a fascinating one step forward, two steps back.” Simultaneously, he highlights the complex ways in which popular notions of virtue and power, beauty and desire, race and gender have long been bound together."
Titus Kaphar's "The Vesper Project" is on view at the Lowe Art Museum, September 8 - December 23, 2016,
"The Vesper Project is the culmination of New York City-based Titus Kaphar’s intensive engagement with the imaginary history of the Vespers, a 19th-century New England family who were able to "pass" as Caucasian despite the fact that their mixed heritage made them black in the eyes of the law. Linking the artist to this family is Benjamin Vesper, a mentally troubled man who—inspired by one of Kaphar’s works—reaches out to the artist for help in reconstructing his family’s history. The resulting project interrogates notions of identity, memory, and social constructs. A compelling art installation and imposing sculptural statement, The Vesper Project features the remains of an abandoned Connecticut home into which the artist has incorporated his own work. Through slashing, silhouetting, and whitewashing, Kaphar creates a complex map that compresses time and elides personal histories. The artist’s most ambitious project to date, The Vesper Project features period architecture, gilt frames, a vintage typewriter, a neglected wardrobe, and old photographs, which, in the context of the artist’s intervention, disrupt perception and reality and postulate powerful new realities."
Hank Willis Thomas's "Black Righteous Space" is on view at The California African American Museum through October 9, 2016.
"Black Righteous Space is Hank Willis Thomas’s first solo exhibition at the California African American Museum. In this audio-activated multimedia presentation, Thomas explores the black experience in the United States. Politically charged and manipulated symbols are projected onto the gallery walls, changing, vibrating, and moving when activated by sound. One of these symbols, the confederate flag, is recast using colors associated with the Black Nationalist party (red, black, and green), intentionally confusing and challenging its fraught meaning."
Artist Drawing Club: Sound Wounds with Hayv Kahraman at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, August 25, 6:30-9pm.
"Artist Hayv Kahraman highlights the friction between memory and narrative through her personal history as an Iraqi émigré first to Europe and ultimately the United States. New works recall a recurring sonic theme in the artist’s most taunting memories — the warning call of the siren. Sound as a modality of power is well ingrained in military strategy, with long range acoustic devices (LRADs) transmitting localized, extremely high decibel noise, literally using sound as a weapon. The violence of sound and the ways in which people resist it are at the heart of her current work."
Artist talk: Hank Willis Thomas at the Aspen Art Museum, August 18, 6pm.
Artist Talk: Duro Olowu and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, September 7, 7-8pm at Camden Arts Centre.
Duro Olowu and artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye discuss ways of making and inspirations behind her work. This event is programmed alongside "Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu" at Camden Arts Centre.
Carrie Mae Weems' "Grace Notes" will be performed at Yale University September 9th and 10th.
"Acclaimed photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems will present her new work “Grace Notes: Reflections for Now” in early September on campus. The performance examines themes of social justice, race, and identity in the context of our historical moment."
Michael Snow: The Viewing of Six New Works opens August 6th at the Butler Gallery in Ireland and will be on view through October 9, 2016.
The Viewing of Six New Works (2012) draws on Snow’s past work of examining the nature of perception and the physical relationship of the artwork to the viewer. Six projectors cast richly coloured monochrome geometries onto white walls. The rectangular shape elongates, rotates, and contorts into shapes that include trapezoid and rhombus. These transmuting light projections simulate the varying ways a person might look at a rectangular wall-mounted artwork by digitally mimicking and mirroring the movement of the eyes. There is a notable sense of play and experimentation in the way Snow relates what he is thinking in this conceptually pristine yet beautiful installation.
Vibha Galhotra will be included in the Land Art Mongolia Biennial, August 21 - September 10, 2016.
LAM focuses on Land Art as a form of spatial visualization of the relations between nature, culture and social policies.
Barkley Hendricks announced as 17th recipient of deCordova’s annual Rappaport Prize.
"DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is pleased to announce Barkley Hendricks as the seventeenth recipient of the prestigious Rappaport Prize, an annual award of $25,000 given to an established contemporary artist with strong connections to New England. The Rappaport Prize is among the most generous awards of its kind in the region. In 2010, the Rappaport Prize was endowed in perpetuity by the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation, assuring the ongoing support of contemporary art and artists in New England."