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.
Atlanta, Georgia
High Museum of Art, A Fire That No Water Could Put Out: Civil Rights Photography is on view through April 29, 2018.
"This exhibition takes its title from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final speech before his assassination in 1968. ...These artworks demonstrate the wide range of artistic responses to the movement, from photojournalism to conceptualism, from tender portraits to charged landscapes."

Gordon Parks, Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956. Pigmented inkjet print,
printed 2012

Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts, Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi is on view January 23 through May 19, 2018. 
"Deborah Roberts creates visually arresting collages that encourage important conversations about girlhood, vulnerability, body image, popular culture, self-image, and the dysfunctional legacy of colorism." 
Deborah Roberts, Raise Your Head, 2017,
Mixed Media on paper. Courtesy the artist. Collection of Rudolph and Francine Austin.

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

 Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore Museum of Art, Black Box: Kara Walker and Hank Willis Thomas is on view through March 18, 2017.

Baltimore Museum of Art, Front Room: Njideka Akunyili Crosby is on view through March 18, 2018.

Baltimore Museum of Art, Head Back and High: Senga Nengundi, Performance Objects (1976 - 2015) is on view through May 27, 2018.
Senga Nengudi. Studio Performance with 'R.S.V.P.’. 1976.
Courtesy of Levy Gorvy Gallery, New York and London

Baltimore Museum of Art, Spiral Play: Loving in the '80s (Al Loving) is on view through April 15, 2018.

Al Loving. Barbara in Spiral Heaven. 1989.
Courtesy the Estate of Al Loving and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.

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.

Bentonville, Arkansas
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Soul of a Nation is on view February 3 through April 23, 2018.

Bloomfield, Michigan
Cranbrook Art Museum, Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980 is on view through March 11, 2018.
"This exhibition includes the entire cache of works made by Jean-Michel Basquiat during the year he lived with his friend Alexis Adler in a small apartment in the East Village. This archival material provides rare insight into the artistic life of Basquiat before he was recognized as a prominent painter in the early 1980s."
Basquiat in the apartment, 1981. Photograph by Alexis Adler.

Canton, Ohio
Canton Museum of Art, African American Masterpieces: Permanent Collection Highlights is on view through March 4, 2018.
"This exhibition celebrates the works from the Canton Museum of Art's permanent collection. In conjunction with the woodcarvings of Elijah Pierce, this exhibition showcases paintings and ceramics created between 1945 and 2010."

Canton Museum of Art, Elijah Pierce: An American Journey is on view through March 4, 2018.
"An American Journey explores the work of a self-taught, American folk artist of the 20th century, Elijah Pierce (1892-1984). The select carvings by Elijah Pierce in this exhibition fully represent his narrative carvings created between c. 1925-1975. Several of these carvings have not been widely exhibited because they were owned by fellow church members of Pierce in Columbus and were not known outside of his community until recent years.” 
                                                     Chicago, Illinois
DePaul Art Museum, Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite 1968-1975 is on view through March 25, 2018.
"This first solo museum exhibition by Barbara Jones-Hogu features works on paper including woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and screen prints. Jones-Hogu, a founding member of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA) and a central figure of the Black Arts Movement, was a Chicago-based artist, filmmaker and educator."

Loyola University Museum of Art, Her Story, My Dreams: The Images of Della Wells is on view February 6 through June 2, 2018.
"Her Story, My Dreams showcases a selection of Wells' colorful assemblages, drawings, and hand-made dolls inspired by personal narratives, political struggles, and imaginary tales."

Della Wells

Loyola University Museum of ArtTonika Lewis Johnson: Everyday Englewood is on view February 6 through June 2, 2018.
"Activist-artist Tonika Lewis Johnson's visually stunning photographs document daily life in Englewood. Johnson tenderly challenges the sensationalized, damage-centered narrative of the Chicago South Side neighborhood in which she was raised."
Tonika Lewis Johnson

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Howardena Pindell: What Remains to be Seen is on view February 24 through May 20, 2018. 
    Howardena Pindell, Untitled #20 (Dutch Wives Circled and Squared)(detail),
1978. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,
gift of Albert A. Robin by exchange.
Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.
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College Park, Maryland
The David C. Driskell Center..., University of Maryland, Portraits of Who We Are is on view through  May 18, 2018. (catalogue)

Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia Museum of Art (CMA), Renée Cox: Soul Culture is on view through April 22, 2018.
"Renée Cox debuts her new series of work Soul Culture at the CMA.  In this series, Cox transforms her photographic portraits into hypnotic video and mandala-like reliefs that are influenced by Hindu and Buddhist religious art, the visual escapism of 1960s psychedelia, and the use of fractals in African culture." 

                                               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

Fort Worth, Texas
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, FOCUS: Nina Chanel Abney is on view January 27 through May 18, 2018.
“Abney's works commonly incorporate snippets of text, disembodied figures and silhouettes, and geometric abstract shapes. Themes that relate to American society, including celebrity culture, race, sexuality, and police brutality, are broached in her paintings. By touching on serious subjects in a colorful palette and graphic style, Abney's work is, as the artist states, 'easy to swallow, hard to digest.'"

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."

                                                  Greensboro, North Carolina
Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG, Sanford Biggers: Falk Visiting Artist is on view through April 8, 2018. 
Sanford Biggers, "Shifter", 2014. Antique quilt fragments, spray paint,
acrylic, and assorted textiles on antique quilt, 88 x 76 in. Private
collection. Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo Gallery, Miami.

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

Inglewood, California
Residency Art Gallery, SUN + LIGHT: A Solo Exhibition by Charles Williams is on view January 10 through March 10, 2018. 

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Dawoud Bey: Harlem, USA and Harlem Redux is on view January 13 through April 11, 2018.
"Dawoud Bey's exploration of everyday urban life early in his career became his landmark Harlem, USA series. Harlem Redux marks Bey's return to the community 35 years later and the photos reflect the transition of the celebrated community as it becomes more gentrified and its history more diverse. This exhibition represents the first showing of the two Bey series side by side.”
Dawoud Bey, A Woman at a Parade (from Harlem USA), 1977, 
silver gelatin print. Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago

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

USC Fisher Museum of ArtSenga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures is on view January 20 through April 14, 2018.
Watts Towers Arts Center, Sankofa: La Monte Westmoreland  is on view through March 4, 2018 (Charles Mingus Gallery).

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

Middleton, Connecticut
Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Reclaiming the Gaze: African American Prints and Photographs, 1930 to Now is on view February 7 through May 27, 2018. 
This exhibition highlights forty-two prints from the Davison Art Center collection.
Robert Pruitt (American, born 1975), Negra Es Bella, 2014.
Two-color lithograph. Published by Tamarind Institute.
Collaborating printer: Justin Andrews. Hoy Family Afro-American Visual Arts Fund
and Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 2015.
Copyright © Robert Pruitt (photo: Logan Bellew for Tamarind Institute).

Miami, Florida
Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, Senga Nengudi: Wet Night - Early Dawn - Scat Chat - Pilgrim's Song (1996/2017) is on view through April 10, 2018.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project is on view January 18 through March 18, 2018. 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Resistance, Protest, Resilience is on view through May 20, 2018.
"This exhibition of over forty photographs from the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art presents images of resistance, protest, and resilience from select twentieth-century movements and events that triggered important social and political changes." 

Mobile Alabama
Mobile Museum of Art, Posing Beauty in African American Culture is on view through March 4, 2018.
Lauren Kelley, Pickin’, 2007, color-coupler print

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
Galerie Lelong and Co., Mildred Thompson: Radiation Explorations and Magnetic Fields on view February 22 through March 31, 2018.
Mildred Thompson, Radiation Explorations 8, 1994
Oil on canvas, 87.5 x 110.1 inches (overall) 

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

Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, Arthur Mitchell: Harlem's Trailblazer is on view January 13 through March 11, 2018.
"Harlem’s Ballet Trailblazer, the first major exhibition devoted to Arthur Mitchell, celebrates the life and accomplishments of the New York City Ballet’s first African American star, and the founder and longtime director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. The exhibition features rarities from Mitchell’s personal archive, which he donated to Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2014, the presentation will include photographs, drawings, posters, memorabilia, and video footage. Such objects as the telegram from Lincoln Kirstein to Mitchell inviting him to join the New York City Ballet will be included."  

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Nick Cave: Rescue is on view through May 13, 2018.
"Nick Cave: Rescue places three opulent sculptures in conversation with each other with selections from PAFA's permanent collection. Cave's Rescue series from 2013 glorifies found ceramic dogs on thrones of discarded flea-market objects.Perched on ordinary chairs and antique armoires, the dogs become masters of their kitschy miniature universes which Cave creates with cages bedecked in beads, ceramic birds, metal flora, and crystals."
Nick Cave, Rescue, 2012, mixed media, 84"x 53"x 45". © Nick Cave.
Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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

Sacramento, California
Crocker Art Museum, Faith Ringgold: An American Artist is on view February 18 through May 13, 2018.
Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach #2. 1990. Silkscreen on silk, 60 x 59 in. © 2017 Faith Ringgold,
member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / Courtesy ACA Galleries, NY.

San Antonio, Texas 
The NcNay Art Museum, Something to Say is on view February 8 through May 6, 2018.
Something to Say is the first survey of modern and  contemporary African American art to be presented at the McNay. "Drawn primarily from the ground-breaking collection assembled by Harroiet and Harmon Kelley over nearly three decades, Something to Say presents more than 50 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs by a wide range of 20th and 21st-century artists." 
Charles Alston. American 1907-1977. Girl in the Red Dress, 1934. Oil on canvas.
Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation.

The McNay Art Museum, Benny Andrews: Sexism is on view February 8 through May 6, 2018. 
Benny Andrews: Sexism, an AT and T Lobby Installation is part of Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art. "The McNay presents the fourth work, Sexism,  in Benny Andrews' Bicentennial series. The work is humorous, surreal, provocative, and complex in its contemplation of the distribution of power among genders."
Benny Andrews. Sexism (The Bicentennial Series), 1973.
Oil on eight canvases with painted fabric and mixed media collage.
Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, and Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 

New York, NY. Copyright Estate of Benny Andrews.Add caption

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

Sarasoto, Florida 
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Hank Willis Thomas: Branded / Unbranded  is on view February 11 through June 10, 2018. 

Savannah, Georgia
Jepson Center, Telfair Museums, Carrie Mae Weems: Sea Islands Series, 1991-1992 on view January 26 through May 6, 2018.

Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953)
Untitled (Praise House), from the Sea Islands series, 1992
Gelatin silver prints, 20 x 20 inches each (2 panels). Edition 1/10
©Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Seattle, Washington
Seattle Art Museum, Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas on view February 15 through May 13, 2018. 
George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook,
1975, Robert Colescott, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 108 in., Private Collection, St. Louis,
© 2017 Estate of Robert Colescott / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York,
Photo: Jean Paul Torno.

St. Louis, Missouri
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Re-Evolving Door to the Moundverse on view January 19 through April 22, 2018.  
Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Re-Evolving Door to the Moundverse features recurring superheros and diabolical villains, an ever-evolving array of cosmic mythologies, and outrageous conflicts of biblical and operatic proportions. Hancock’s seemingly wild, even absurd, imagery and seriocomic narratives speak to perpetual American dilemmas of race, class, identity, and social justice. Indeed, the 're-evolving door' of Hancock’s exhibition title makes reference to the consistent reemergence, re-integration, and re-interpretation of many of the artist’s characters and storylines, but also of the persistent re-enactments of American race history from generation to generation.” 

Syracuse, New York
Everson Museum of Art, Jeff Donaldson: Dig is on view January 20 through April 29, 2018.
As Donaldson's first museum retrospective, Dig "seeks to shed light on Donaldson's contribution to art history by exploring his four-decade career. Spanning Donaldson's activist roots, as a founding member of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA), to his influence on future generations of artists as a professor at Howard University and Vice President of the Barnes Foundation, this major exhibition presents new scholarship and features works never before seen in public." 
Jeff Donaldson, Majorities, 1977, Mixed media, 44" x 36"
Courtesy of Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York

University Park, Pennsylvania
Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint is on view January 16 through May 20, 2018.
"Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint brings together numerous examples of the experimental process by Thrash and other colleagues working in the Federal Art Project's Fine Print Workshop.  Also on view are works by Thrash in other print mediums, as well as watercolors and drawings, all of which powerfully document the artist's intimate, invested engagement with African American culture in the middle decades of the twentieth century."

Dox Thrash, Saturday Night, c. 1944-45, etching. Courtesy of Dolan/Maxwell.

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

Washington, D. C.
Morton Fine ArtWeapons for Spiritual Warfare solo exhibition by Kesha Bruce on view February 16 through March 7, 2018. 
 Kesha Bruce, Until I Break Skin, 2018, 96"x96", dyed/painted fabric on un-stretched canvas
National Gallery of Art, Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series on view through May 18, 2018.

National Gallery of Art, Outliers and American Vanguard Art on view January 28 through May 13, 2018.
Sister Gertrude Morgan Untitled (Revelation 7. Chap.),
c. 1965-1970 paint on wood overall: 82.23 × 39.05 cm (32 3/8 × 15 3/8 in.)
  Courtesy of The Museum of Everything, London 

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), Kara Walker: Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) on view through March 11, 2018.
"In this exhibition, Walker's works are presented alongside a selection of the original Harper's prints on which they are based, also drawn from SAAM's collection. Her work has stirred controversy for its use of exaggerated caricatures that reflect existing racial and gender stereotypes and for its lurid depictions of history, challenging viewers to consider America's origins of racial inequality.
In Walker’s art, the present is defined by the past and the past exerts a savage power.”

West Palm Beach, Florida
Norton Museum of Art, Spotlight/Jean-Michel Basquiat: Drawing into Painting on view February 8 through March 18, 2018. 
Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960-1988)
Untitled (Walt Disney), 1983
Oil paintstick on paper,
30 x 22 3/8 in.
Private collection
© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Licensed by Artestar, New York

Worcester, Massachusetts
Worcester Art Museum, Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard on view through February 25, 2018. View Selected Images.
"William Bullard, an itinerant photographer, left behind a trove of over 5,400 glass negatives at the time of his death in 1918. Among these negatives are over 230 portraits of African Americans and Native Americans mostly from the Beaver Brook community in Worcester, Massachusetts. Rediscovering an American Community of Color features eighty of these unprinted and heretofore unpublished photographs that otherwise may have been lost to history."

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