Select Art Exhibitions in 2017

This page, Select Art Exhibitions in 2017, highlights African American exhibitions across the country. Select Art Exhibitions in 2017 will be updated regularly by either adding newly discovered exhibitions or removing those that are approaching their expiration date. The goal of this featured page is to provide a select, but comprehensive coverage of current exhibitions.  

 Athens, Georgia
Georgia Museum of Art, Expanding Tradition: Selections from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection on view January 28 - May 07, 2017.

 Freddie Styles (American, b. 1944) Working Roots Series #10, 1987 Acrylic on canvas 58" x 96".
Atlanta, Georgia
September Gray Fine Art Gallery, Preston Sampson: White Noise on view March 31 through May 20, 2017.
 
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities on view February 9 through May 20, 2017. 


Austin, Texas 
Warfield Center Galleries, Art Meets Activism– Llewellyn Xavier’s George Jackson Series on view January 17 through May 27, 2017.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 
Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Work in Process: Paintings by Gustave Blache III on view March 11 through June 4, 2017. 

Boston, Massachusetts
The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, Nari Ward: Sun Splashed on view April 26 through September 4, 2017.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Wilson/Cortor on view through August 6, 2017.


Brooklyn, New York 
Brooklyn Museum, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 on view through September 17, 2017.


Buffalo, New York
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Eric Mack: Vogue Fabrics on view February 18 through June 18, 2017.
Eric Mack (American, born 1987). Willow within the Form of Prose, 2016. Velour blanket, paper, dye, acrylic, straw hat, willow branch pyramids, cotton window shade, wooden bowl, rope, zip ties, and bamboo fence; 72 x 172 x 69 inches (182.9 x 436.9 x 175.3 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Pending Acquisition Funds, 2017. © Eric Mack, Courtesy of the Artist, Almine Rech Gallery, and Moran Bondaroff, Los Angeles.


Charlotte, North Carolina
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Alison Saar: The Nature of Us on view January 28 through July 8, 2017.
Image credit: Courtesy of the Artist (Alison Saar) and L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, The Future is Abstract (featuring Rushern Baker, DeShawn Dumas, Torkwase Dyson, and Brenna Youngblood) on view January 28 through July 8, 2017.

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Jordan Casteel: Harlem Notes on view January 28 through July 8, 2017.

College Park, Maryland
David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, Shifting: African American Women Artists and the Power of Their Gaze on view March 2 through May 19, 2017. 

Coral Gables, Florida 
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity on view February 23 through May 21, 2017.

Davenport, Iowa
Figge Art Museum, Jefferson Pinder: Ghost Light on view March 4 through June 4, 2017.

Detroit, Michigan
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Transitions of Walter Bailey: An Artist's Retrospective on view through May 28, 2017.


Durham, North Carolina
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush on view through July 16, 2017.

Fort Smith, Arizona
Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad on view through May 28, 2017.
Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales. Photo in "Through Darkness to Light:...
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Kansas City, Missouri
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today on view June 8 through September 17, 2017.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy on view through May 21, 2017. 

Rashid Johnson, Untitled Escape Collage, 2016, ceramic tile, black soap, wax, vinyl, spray enamel,          
95½" x 142¾" x 2"; Courtesy the artist and Hauser and Wirth Gallery.





 Los Angeles, California
California African American Museum, Gary Simmons: a Site-Specific Drawing on view June 28, 2017 through July 2018.

California African American Museum, Derrick Adams: Network on view March 2 through June 11, 2017.

California African American Museum, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle: The Evanesced on view March 2 through June 25, 2017.

Craft and Folk Art Museum, Betye Saar: Keepin' It Clean on view May 28 through August 20, 2017.

Gregorio Escalante Gallery, ICONIC: Black Panther on view through May 14, 2017. 
Mark Steven Greenfield | Charlotte Observer | 2016 | Acrylic on duralar, ink jet print | 28” x 36”

the Landing, Signifying Form on view through June 3, 2017. This exhibition includes works by Samella Lewis, Betye Saar, Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, Alison Saar, Dominique Moody and Brenna Youngblood.
View within Signifying Form exhibition.

 

Sprüth Magers, POWER: Work By African American Women From The Nineteenth Century To Now on view through June 10, 2017.

 

Watts Towers Arts Center, Sankofa: La Monte Westmoreland on view through August 6, 2017 (Noah Purifoy Gallery); through March 4, 2018 (Charles Mingus Gallery).


Louisville, Kentucky 
Speed Art Museum, Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art on view April 30 through October 14, 2017. Catalogue.

Amy Sherald, High Yella Masterpiece: We Ain’t No Cotton Pickin’ Negroes, 2011
Oil on canvas, 59" x 69".  Included in

Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art

Montclair, New Jersey
Montclair Art Museum, Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series on view through June 18, 2017.

New Brunswick, New Jersey
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Reflections: Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese (TAR) on view through July 30, 2017. 

New York, New York
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, William T. Williams: Things Unknown, Paintings, 1968 - 2017 on view through June 3, 2017.

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Black Fashion Designers on view through May 16, 2017.

The New Museum, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For A Cipher on view May 3 through September 3, 2017.

Studio Museum in Harlem, Regarding the Figure on view through August 6, 2017.
  • Barkley L. Hendricks, Lawdy Mama, 1969
    Oil and gold leaf on canvas, 53¾" × 36¼"
    The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Stuart Liebman, in memory of Joseph B. Liebman  1983.25
    ©Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.


Studio Museum in Harlem, Rico Gatson: Icons 2007–2017 on view through August 27, 2017.

Studio Museum in Harlem, Signature: Graphic Design from the Studio Museum Archive on view through July 2, 2017.
Included in Signature: Graphic Design from the Studio Museum Archive

   North Adams, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Nick Cave: Until on view October 15, 2016 through October 14, 2017.

Oberlin, Ohio
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Black to the Powers of Ten on view August 30, 2016 through June 12, 2017.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic on view June 17 through September 10, 2017. 


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Willie Cole: On Site on view through July 2, 2017.

LaSalle University Art Museum, Approaching Abstraction: African American Art from the Permanent Collection on view through June 15, 2017.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Contemporary Craft, Oaths and Epithets: Works by Sonya Clark is on view through August 19, 2017.

Raleigh, North Carolina
CAM Raleigh, Leonardo Drew on view March 3 through June 4, 2017.

Portland, Oregon 
Portland Art Museum, Constructing Identity: Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art on view January 28 through June 18, 2017.  

Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, A Commitment to the Community: The Black Photographers Annual, Volume1 on view February 16 through October 3, 2017.

Roanoke, Virginia
Taubman Museum of Art, Follicular: The Hair Stories of Sonya Clark on view October 1, 2016 through May 14, 2017. 

Taubman Museum of Art, Romare Bearden: Pictures of America on view January 28 through June 18, 2017. 
St. Joseph, Michigan
Krasl Art Center, Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection on view through June 25, 2017.
Untitled (c. 1969) by Charles White.
Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection

San Jose, California
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Oliver Lee Jackson: Composed Works from 1984 to 2016 on view March 11 through June 4, 2017.


Sumter, South Carolina
Sumter County Gallery of Art, Saba Taj: Muslims Are Awesome on view through June 23, 2017. 

Sumter County Gallery of Art, William Paul Thomas: Loved Ones on view through June 23, 2017.
by William Paul Thomas
     
Syracuse, New York
Everson Museum of Art, Vanessa German: de.structive dis.tillation on view through May 7, 2017.

Toledo, Ohio
Toledo Museum of Art, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic on view February 10 through May 14, 2017.

Waltham, Massachusetts
The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Fred Eversley: Black, White, Gray on view February 17 through June 11, 2017.

Washington, D C
Hemphill Fine Arts, Romare Bearden on view April 15 through June 10, 2017.

Winter Park, Florida 
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, The Black Figure in the European Imaginary on view through May 14, 2017.

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