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.

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.


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

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

Kansas City, Missouri
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today on view June 8 through September 17, 2017.


Knoxville, Tennessee
Knoxville Museum of Art, Gathering Light: Works by Beauford Delaney in the KMA Collection on view May 5 through July 23, 2017.
Beauford Delaney, Untitled (Tuileries, France),1966
Pastel on paper. Knoxville Museum of Art, purchase with 
funds provided by the Rachael Patterson Young Art
Acquisition Reserve.

 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, 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.

The Museum of African-American Art, Bernard Stanley Hoyes: Evolving Art Practice, Rags to the Revival Series on view July 2 through September 24, 2017.
Bernard Hoyes, Candlelight Vigil, Oils on Canvas
Museum of African American Art

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

Miami, Florida
Griots' Art Gallery, In the Spirit of Collaboration: Sam Gilliam and Lou Stovall on view June 10 through September 30, 2017. 

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

Nashville, Tennessee
Tinney Contemporary, The Prophet's Library featuring  Wesley Clark on view through July 8, 2017.
Wesley Clark, Black Don't Crack from the exhibition
The Prophet's Library

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
D. C. Moore Gallery, Whitfield Lovell: What's Past is Prologue, Early Works 1987 - 1998 on view through June 17, 2017.

Whitfield Lovell...  installation view at D. C. Moore Gallery.

Lehmann Maupin, Nari Ward: TILL, LIT on view through August  25, 2017.
Nari Ward, Hanging study, 2017
U.S. currency edges, acrylic paint, indelible ink, overproof white rum on wood panels, wooden saw horses, and Kraft paper
11 panels: each, 24" x 18" x 1.5", installed dimensions variable, LM25289
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.

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.


Richmond, Virginia
Elegba Folklore Society, Memories of the Motherland featuring the art of Jerome and Jeromyah Jones on view May 5 through July 31, 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, 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


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
     

Washington, D C
Honfleur Gallery, The East of the River Exhibition: Asha Elana Casey, Sheila Crider, and Amber Robles-Gordon on view through August 5, 2017. 

National Gallery of Art, In the Tower: Theaster Gates: The Minor Arts on view through September 4, 2017. 
Theaster Gates, A Game of My Own, 2017, wood, paint, black stain, Alabama ball clay, Courtesy of the artist, White Cube, and Regen Projects.

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