Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Latest News in Black Art: Henry Taylor Show Will Inaugurate Hauser & Wirth Paris, Sonya Clark Touring Exhibition, Plus Updates at LA’s Destination Crenshaw


Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture


HENRY TAYLOR, Untitled, 2023. | © Henry Taylor. Photo by Keith Lubow



Hauser & Wirth announced its new gallery in Paris, France, is opening Oct. 26. The inaugural exhibition will be a solo show of new works by Los Angeles artist Henry Taylor. Located at 26 bis rue François 1er, the space is “situated on the right bank of the River Seine, close to the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement.” (6/9) | More



The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture developed a collection of resources, that explore the history and legacy of Juneteenth, including a reading list and recipe recommendations. | More

Scotland is a historic African American community in Potomac, Md. Glenstone Museum is a sponsor of the annual Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival (June 17-19) with proceeds benefiting the 2nd Century Project, a capital campaign launched last year to fund the repair and expansion of the historic Scotland AME Zion Church. (6/15) | DCist

Throughout Texas, a variety of community activities and museum events are planned over the weekend and on Monday in celebration of Juneteenth or Freedom Day. Happenings include special programming at the African American Museum in Dallas (June 15-19), Opal’s Walk for Freedom in Fort Worth, and a gospel celebration at the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum, both on June 19. (6/15) | Glasstire


Artist Sonya Clark, at left. Shown, SONYA CLARK, Installation view of “The Beaded Prayers Project,” 1998–ongoing (fabric, beads, and thread, 120 panels, 2 × 2 feet each) at Newark Museum of Art. | Collection of the artist



High Museum of Art announced “Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other.” The touring exhibition opens Oct. 27 in Atlanta with a focus on fiber artist Sonya Clark‘s community and participatory projects. The show will be accompanied by an exhibition catalog. After originating at the Cranbrook Art Museum near Detroit, where it is currently on view, the exhibition stops at the High Museum, and then heads to the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. | More



The New York State Senate and Assembly honored the life and legacy of Harry Belafonte (1927-2023) with a June 7 ceremony celebrating Senate Resolution 861, a tribute to the iconic entertainer and activist who died on April 25. The bi-partisan Belafonte resolution was sponsored by Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D). (6/12) | New York Amsterdam News


Sankofa in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem. | Courtesy Harlem Grown and Jerome Haferd



Sankofa, a new public art installation is on view in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. The official opening is Sunday, June 18 at 2 p.m. An art gallery and gathering space, the work reflects the history of the park and the craft traditions of the surrounding community. Created by Harlem Grown and Jerome Haferd of BRANDT:HAFERD, the project launched the Mellon Foundation-funded Culture, Creativity, & Care Initiative. (6/13) | Archinect

In Los Angeles, Destination Crenshaw announced four new art commissions by sculptor Gerard Basil Stripling and muralists Patrick Henry Johnson, Anthony “Toons One” Martin and Kisasi Ramsess; named Ariana Makau, founder and principal conservator of Oakland’s Nzilani Glass Conservation, interim collections care director; and pushed its official grand opening to early 2024. (6/15) | Los Angeles Times



King Charles released his first Birthday Honours List, London artist Hew Locke was among those named an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire). He was recognized for his “services to art.” Locke’s “Gilt” sculptural installation was recently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, part of the institution’s Facade Commission series. (6/17) | Glasgow Times

Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, will honor New York artist Fred Wilson with the 2023 Cummings Award for Artistic Excellence at its July 8 Summer Luncheon benefitting the museum. (6/13) | More


APPOINTMENTS | A Harvard University professor and art historian, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis focuses on the intersection of visual representation, racial justice, and democracy. She created the Vision & Justice project and has authored and contributed to numerous publications including “Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series” and the forthcoming volume “Deborah Roberts: Twenty Years of Art-Work.” Currently, Lewis is co-curator of “I Am Seen…Therefore, I Am: Isaac Julien and Frederick Douglass” at the Wadsworth Antheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn. CT


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