"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,|
Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts, Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi is on view January 23 through May 19, 2018.
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.
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.
"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.
"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."
"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.”
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."
Loyola University Museum of Art, Tonika 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.
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.Add caption
|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
"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."
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.
"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
Gary Simmons: Fade to Black at the
California African American Museum. Photo: Brian Forrest
Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project is on view January 18 through March 18, 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."
|Lauren Kelley, Pickin’, 2007, color-coupler print|
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
New York, New York
|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.
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 , an annual guidebook for black American road-trippers during the Jim Crow era in America.”
|Derrick Adams, Photo by Terrence Jennings|
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."
|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.
|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
|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
|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."
Copyright Estate of Benny Andrews.Add caption
|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.
St. Louis, Missouri
Syracuse, New York
|Jeff Donaldson, Majorities, 1977, Mixed media, 44" x 36"|
Courtesy of Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York
"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.
Washington, D. C.
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
"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.
"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."