Latest Black Art News: Nicola Vassell Opens New Gallery, Theaster Gates Wins Serpentine Commission, Curator Rujeko Hockley Promoted To Whitney Museum
Latest Black Art News features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture
Nicola Vassell has opened a new art gallery in Chelsea. The inaugural exhibition features works by photographer Ming Smith. | Video of Chelsea Odufu for ConceptNV
Curator and artistic advisor Nicola Vassell opened a gallery on 10th Street in Chelsea, a rare black-owned space in the heart of New York’s commercial art world. His first exhibition with photographer Ming Smith opened on May 20. Vassell plans to feature artists of color, as well as white artists, “because that’s the real story,” she says. | The New York Times
the National Women in the Arts, or “Sonya Clark: shreds, silks and men” is visible until June 27, will close in August for a two year renovation. In the meantime, the museum will present a variety of virtual programs.
From left to right, Diedrick Brackens. | Photo by Alex Hodor-Lee. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art
At the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Rujeko hockley was promoted from Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art to Arnhold Associate Curator, a newly staffed position, effective July 1. | Press release
Textile artist from Los Angeles Diedrick Brackens had been named on the board of directors of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta.
The Southbank Center Board of Directors announced Misan Harriman (right) will be the new chairman of the board of the multi-arts center in London. His term begins in July. | Press release
The Art Dealers Association of America announced 16 new members, including Jenkins Johnson Gallery, a gallery owned by black women created by Karen Jenkins-Johnson, with locations in San Francisco and Brooklyn, NY See the full list here
IMAGE: Top right, Misan Harriman. | Photo © Camilla Holmstroem
Prizes and distinctions
Chicago Artist Theaster Doors has been selected to design the Serpentine 2022 pavilion in London. He is the first non-architect to win the order. | Architectural file
Earlier this month, the secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III moved back Tony Horwitz Prize 2021 for the lifetime work of the Society of American Historians. (Hear Bunch’s remarks on the prize here.) Society too elected 18 new fellows to society, including Emily Bernard, Daina Ramey Berry, Vincent Brown, Ibram X. Kendi, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and Kevin Young.
The Joyce Foundation announced the recipients of its the annual Joyce Awards, support BIPOC artists in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Four grants of $ 75,000 will fund new site-specific works developed in collaboration with their communities. The 2021 winners are: Sydney chatman with the Congo Square Theater Company in Chicago; Daniel minter with Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee, Wisc .; Kameelah Janan Rasheed with FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art; and SANTIAGO X with Chicago Public Art Group. The open call for 2022 awards is coming soon. Applications are open on June 1, 2021.
Illinois Humanities recognized photographer Dawoud Bey with its Beacon Award 2021 and Tonika lewis johnson with the 2021 Public Human Sciences Prize.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded its 2021 National Medal for the Museums and Libraries Service at six museums and libraries: High Desert Museum in Bend, Ore .; Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson, Mississippi; Museo de Arte de Ponce in Ponce, PR; Cabell County Public Library in Huntington, WV; Highwood Public Library in Highwood, lll .; and Memphis Public Libraries in Memphis, Tennessee. The prizes will be presented at a virtual event in July.
CARRIE MAE WEEMS, “Untitled (1 of 7)”, 1996, printed 2020 (inkjet print with sandblasted text on glass in wooden frame image / sheet: 76.2 x 58.42 cm / 30 x 23 inches ; framed: 85.09 x 67.31 cm / 33 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches). | © Carrie Mae Weems. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Permanent Patrons Fund 2020.96.1
The National Gallery of Art acquired “Untitled” (1996, printed 2020) by Carrie Mae Weems, a work in seven parts illuminated by historical photographs. The installation is currently showing at the museum in Washington, DC, exhibited with the “Memorial of the 54th Shaw Regiment” by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1900), which represents one of the first regiments of the African-American Civil War.
The Pérez Art Museum Miami acquired “Black Plight” (2016) by Keith Duncan from Fort Gansevoort in New York. The mixed-fabric painting recounts key moments and figures in 20th-century African-American history. | electronic newsletter
KEITH DUNCAN, “Black Plight”, 2016 (acrylic on unstretched canvas with fabric, 45 x 175 inches). | Pérez Art Museum Miami Collection, gift of Eric G. Johnson. Origin: Fort Gansevoort, NY
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