Select Art Exhibitions in 2018

This page, Select Black Art Exhibitions in 2018, highlights African American exhibitions across the country. This first list for 2018 includes exhibitions that were on view in 2017 with their closing dates extending into 2018, as well as exhibitions that will open in the first quarter of 2018. Select Black Art Exhibitions in 2018 will be updated regularly by either adding newly discovered exhibitions and 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.
Adelphi, Maryland
University of Maryland, University College Arts Program, The Language of Abstraction is on view through June 24, 2018.This exhibition explores the art of artists Ed Clark (New York, New York), Richard W. Franklin (Bowie, Maryland), and the late Kenneth Young (Washington, D.C.). 

Austin, TexasAustin, Texas
The Contemporary Austin, Rodney McMillian is on view February 1 through August 26, 2018. 

 Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore Museum of Art, Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963 - 2017 is on view through July 29, 2018.
Jack Whitten. The Afro American Thunderbolt. 1983-84. Courtesy of the artist’s estate and Hauser & Wirth. 
Photography by Genevieve Hanson, NYC

Baltimore Museum of Art, Stephen Towns: Rumination and a Reckoning is on view March 7 through September 2, 2018.
Stephen Towns. Birth of a Nation. 2014.
Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Stephen Towns.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
LSU Museum of Art, Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects is on view April 12 through October 14, 2018.
"Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects includes recent photographic and video works questioning stereotypes that associate black bodies with criminality."

                         
Boston, Massachusetts
The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, Kevin Beasley is on view through August 26, 2018.

The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 is on view June 27 through September 30, 2018. 
"Focusing on the work of black women artists, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism." 

Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn Museum, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power is on view September 14, 2018 through February 3, 2019.   
Barkley Hendricks (American, 1945–2017). Blood (Donald Formey), 1975. 
Oil and acrylic on canvas, 72 "x 501/2" . Courtesy of Dr. Kenneth Montague | 
The Wedge Collection, Toronto. © Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks. 
Courtesy of the artist’s estate and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. 
(Photo: Jonathan Dorado, Brooklyn Museum)

Charlotte, North Carolina 
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African_American Arts + Culture, A Creative Journey: The Collection of Judy and Patrick Diamond is on view through July 29, 2018. 

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, By and About Women: The Collection of Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and her husband, Dr. Carnell Locke is on view through July 28, 2018.

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Lillian Blades: Mirrors of Life is on view through July 29, 2018.

New Gallery of Modern Art, BLACK BLOODED is on view through August 26, 2018.

                                                   Chicago, Illinois               
Art Institute of Chicago, Charles White: A Retrospective is on view through September 3, 2018.

Charles White. Harvest Talk, 1953. Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hartman.
© The Charles White Archives Inc.

Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Out of Easy Reach is on view April 27 through August 4, 2018.
"Out of Easy Reach presents 24 artists from the Black and Latina diasporas through artworks created from 1980 to 2018. The exhibition features myriad ways that three generations of artists use abstraction as a tool to explore both personal and universal histories, with an emphasis on mapping, migration, archives, landscape, vernacular culture, language, and the body." 

Museum of Contemporary PhotographyColumbia College, In Their Own Form is on view April 12 through July 8, 2018. 
Alexis Peskine, Aljana Moons-Twins Carriage, 2015


Corona, New York
The New York Hall of Science, Vandorn Hinnant: The Hidden Mathematics is on view through November 4, 2018.  
 Window to the Golden Temple #2, 1995, acrylic paint and Prismacolor pencils on rag paper.


 Durham, North Carolina
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Solidary and Solitary: The Joyner/Guiffrida Collection is on view February 22 through July 15, 2018. 
Norman Lewis (1909–1979). Afternoon (detail), 1969. Oil on canvas;
72 x 88 in. (182.9 x 223.5 cm). © Estate of Norman W. Lewis;
Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

Evanston, Illinois
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern, Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America by Hank Willis Thomas is on view April 14 through August 5, 2018.  "Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America explores fifty years of print advertising targeted towards African-Americans - from 1968, a year of heightened social and political protest that saw the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., until 2008, the year of the election of the first African American president."
 Hank Willis Thomas, Farewell Uncle Tom, 1971/2007, LightJet Print, 55 x 46 inches.
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. 


Block Museum of Art, Northwestern, Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915 - 2015 by Hank Willis Thomas is on view April 14 through August 5, 2018.
"Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915 - 2015 ends with the year in which Thomas finished working on the series, and stretches back to five years before American women gained the right to vote."
 Hank Willis Thomas, They Satisfy, 1942/2015, 2015, digital chromogenic print,
48 1/4 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Gainesville, Florida
Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence is on view February 13 through August 5, 2018.
"Featuring more than 90 woeks produced between 1963 and 2000, the exhibition focuses on his graphic work and explores three major themes of his printmaking oeuvre. Works in the exhibition include complete significant print portfolios, such as the 'Toussaint L'Ouverture' series, as well as 'The Legend of John Brown' series, among others."


Hanover, New Hampshire
Hood Downtown, Dartmouth College, Toyin Ojih Odutola: The Firmament is on view June 8 through September 2, 2018. 
Toyin Ojih Odutola, Industry (Husband and Wife), 2017,
pastel, charcoal and pencil on paper ( diptych).
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Hempstead, New York
Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Romare Bearden: Storyteller is on view January 23 through August 17, 2018.

Los Angeles, California 
California African American Museum, Gary Simmons: Fade to Black is on view through July 31, 2018.
      Gary Simmons: Fade to Black at the 
California African American Museum. Photo: Brian Forrest

Marfa, Texas
Kruger Gallery, Patrick Earl Hammie: Birth Throes is on view through September 22, 2018.

Nashville, Tennessee
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nick Cave: Feat is on view through June 24, 2018.
      Nick Cave. Soundsuit, 2012. Mixed media, including beaded and 
sequined garments, fabric, metal, and mannequin, 109 ½ x 24 ½ x 12 in. 
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. 
©Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography


Frist Center for the Visual Arts, We Shall Overcome: Civil Rights and the Nashville Press, 1957-1968 is on view March 30 through October 14, 2018.

                                                             
                                              New York, New York
Museum of Arts and Design, Derrick Adams: Sanctuary is on view January 25 through August 12, 2018.
Derrick Adams: Sanctuary is an exhibition of large-scale sculpture, and mixed-media collage and assemblage on wood panels that reimagine safe destinations for the black American traveler during the mid-twentieth century. The body of work was inspired by The Negro Motorist Green Book, an annual guidebook for black American road-trippers during the Jim Crow era in America.” 
Derrick Adams, Photo by Terrence Jennings
Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Institutions is on view through July 22, 2018.

Roanoke, Virginia
Taubman Museum of Art, Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin-Dewoody Collection is on view March 5 through September 02, 2018. 
Kerry James Marshall, Untitled, 2009. Ink on paper, 30 ¼" x 22 ¾",
© Kerry James Marshall. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

San Francisco, California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Julie Mehretu: HOWL, eon (I, II) is an ongoing exhibition.

Sheboygan, Wisconsin
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Funk Dreamscapes from the Invisible Parallel Universe: Renée Stout on view through August 5, 2018.
Renée Stout, Lay Your Hand on the Radio, 2009-14;
wood, paint, glass, found objects, metal leaf, and soil; 29"x 38" x 9"

St. Louis, Missouri
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Amy Sherald is on view May 11 through August 19, 2018.
Sherald says "My paintings hold up a mirror to the present and reflect real experiences of blackness today and historically...in everyday life and within the historical art canon."   

Waltham, Massachusetts
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Jennifer Packer: Tenderheaded is on view March 2 through July 8, 2018.  

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