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Selected Updates: the Guide to Black Art Exhibitions in 2010

Black Art Project George-McKinley Martin P. O. Box 8515 Silver Spring, Maryland 20907 Atlanta
Clark Atlanta University Galleries King Seppys Dream of the Tree of Life On view through March 31, 2010
King Seppys Dream of the Tree of Life, an installation by Grenadian tailor Thaddeus LaCrette is a spectacle of beaded regalia multilayered upon two life-size figures, King Seppy and Queen Enid that exudes the consecration of love, creativity, and life. LaCrettes imagination peaks, literally, in the architectural crown atop King Seppys head. Soaring 14 feet, it is constructed of plumbing pipes covered in gold beads and festooned with colorful emblems and a waterfall of beads hanging from its lower rim. SEE

Clark Atlanta University Trevor Arnett Hall, 2nd Level 223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW Atlanta, Georgia 30314 404/ 880-6102 ArtG_Exhibition.aspx

King Seppy's Crown (detail). Photo by sheila pree bright

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) Galleries I and III Twenty Georgia Masters

75 Bennett Street Atlanta, Georgia 30309 404/ 367-8700

On view through March 27, 2010

The exhibit features selected artists from the MOCA GA permanent collection that includes Amalia Amaki, Benny Andrews, Radcliffe Bailey, Beverly Buchanan, Nellie Mae Rowe and others.

The Opal Gallery Out of the Shadows: Photographs by David Johnson from 1946-1963 On view through May 1, 2010 David Johnson, a photographer with over half a century of experience, has the distinction of being Ansel Adams first African American student at the California School of Fine Arts. He subsequently became an important chronicler of black life in San Francisco, California. ARTIST LECTURE and CONVERSATION Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System) sponsors Out of the Shadows: A Conversation with David Johnson. Mr. Johnson, now 83 years old, will discuss his photography and career with Edward Spriggs, the founder and director emeritus of Hammonds House Galleries and Resource Center for African American Art. This event is presented in collaboration with The Opal Gallery and their exhibition on Friday, March 26, 2010, 7:00 pm at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. Location and Contact: Auburn Avenue Research Library Heritage Education Center Auditorium, 4th Floor 101 Auburn Avenue, NE Atlanta, Georgia 30303 404/ 730-4001, ext. 100

484 B-2 Moreland Avenue, NE Atlanta, Georgia 30307 678/ 717-8890

David Johnson, photographer

Galerie Myrtis Art of the Collector II On view through March 27, 2010
Art of the Collector II features works by prominent African And African American artists from private collections. Included in the exhibition are paintings and sculptures by artists who played an integral role in the Harlem Renaissance, as well as those whose works informed the art scene in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC. Collectors Panel: Sunday, March 21, 2010, 3:00 6:00 pm, featuring Robbye Apperson, Louis Ford, Dr. Acklyn Lynch, and Troy Staton. Alvah T. Beander, appraiser, will join the discussion.

2224 North Charles Street Baltimore, Maryland 21218 410/ 235-3711

University of Baltimore Student Center Gallery 5th Floor Monday Mornin Blues On view through May 6, 2010
Monday Mornin' Blues is a collection of works by artists Don Griffin and Nancy Linden. Inspired by John Hurts song of the same name, Monday Mornin' Blues explores the post-Civil War South and the region's treatment of emancipated blacks. Major industries across the southrailroads, steel mills, coal mines, the timber businesswere bereft of the slave labor which had powered them to prosperity during the war and in the decades before. Hiring replacement workers at fair wage would have been prohibitively expensive. Furthermore, in many cases it was the freed slaves who had the technical knowledge to conduct their operations. The establishment's response was to start arresting and imprisoning black men for minor crimes, and turn them over to private industry as a form of slave labor. Read more: index.cfm?id=1206

21 West Mount Royal Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21201 410/ 837-6022

Dog Days of July by Don Griffin

Untitled by Nancy Linden

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Beverly McIver: Face to Face On view through May 23, 2010
In Face to Face, Beverly McIver's powerful and poignant visual story comes alive. Her expressionistic paintings are masterful and bold. Vigorous brushstrokes work equally well to portray sensitivity and distress, and paintings appeal both visually and conceptually. Human relationships in all their complexity, fraught with tenderness and frustrations are revealed. In many of the paintings McIver exposes racial stereotypes and entreats her viewers to confront them.

1750 13th Street Boulder, Colorado 80302 303/ 443-2122

Chapel Hill
Ackland Art Museum Color Balance:Paintings by Felrath Hines On View through May 9, 2010
The large scale abstract paintings of Felrath Hines (1913-1993) were much admired during his lifetime but exhibited relatively infrequently. In early 2009, his widow Dorothy

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 101 South Columbia Street Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599 919/ 966-5736

Fisher donated a selection of his major works to the Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and the North Carolina Central University Art Museum, three institutions that had expressed interest in Hines' work in the past. The special exhibition Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines brings these works together in one of only a handful of major Hines retrospectives ever. The works included in Color Balance include fourteen of Hines' major paintings and four drawings that range in date from the 1960s to his death in 1993. After being shown at the Ackland, Color Balance will be seen at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (June 10 - September 5, 2010) and the North Carolina Central University Art Museum (September 19, 2010 December 10, 2010).

Ackland Art Museum Jacob Lawrence and the Legend of John Brown On View through May 9, 2010
Jacob Lawrence (1917 - 2000) - one of the twentieth century's most renowned African American painters - originally created The Legend of John Brown in 1941 as a series of twenty-two gouache paintings illustrating the life of the famous and controversial nineteenth-century abolitionist. By 1977, the original paintings were in such fragile condition they could not be displayed, and the Detroit Institute of Arts commissioned Lawrence to recreate the series as a portfolio of silkscreen prints. The result was a limited edition portfolio of twenty-two hand-screened prints, one of which was acquired by the Ackland in 2005. The works were printed and published with a poem, John Brown, by Robert Hayden, which was commissioned specifically for the project. This exhibition is the Ackland's first presentation of the series, and coincides with the 150th anniversary of Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 101 South Columbia Street Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599 919/ 966-5736

The Art Institute of Chicago Gallery 10 and Ryan Education Center Heart and Soul: Art from Coretta Scott King Award Books, 2006-2009 On view through April 18, 2010
The hearts and souls of musicians and poets, great feats of bravery and risk, and spiritual uplift are some of the memorable messages portrayed in this collection of picture books. Heart and Soul features original illustrations by artists who have won the Coretta Scott King Award or Honor Award, presented annually to recognize the contributions of African American illustrators and authors whose stories promote an understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contributions to the American dream.

111 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60603 312/ 443-3600

Chicago Public Library Woodson Regional Library Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers Presents a 10-Year Retrospective On view through January 7, 2011
The Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers (CAAAP) will present a retrospective look at individual members photographic works. CAAAP was founded in 1999. Some of their members are established professionals, while others are hobbyists, but all share a common passion for the art of photography and its power to inform, educate and record history. Their membership includes three past Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists. They are: former Chicago Tribune photographer Ovie Carter, recipient of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting; Milbert Brown, Jr., member (with Carter) of the Tribune's team which won the 2001 prize for Explanatory Reporting; and Chicago Sun-Times photographer John H. White, who won the 1982 Pultizer Prize for Feature Photography.

9525 South Halsted Street Chicago, Illinois 60628 312/ 747-6900

G. R. N'Namdi Gallery Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence March 19 April 30, 2010
The exhibition will feature The Prevalence of Ritual by Romare Bearden and The Genesis Series by Jacob Lawrence. For more information, contact the Gallery.

110 North Peoria Chicago, Illinois 60607 312/ 563-9240

College Park
The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora William T. Williams: Variations on Themes March 31 May 28, 2010
William T. Williams: Variations on Themes features 31 original lithographs, works on paper, and sculptures, highlighting four decades of Williams work as a printmaker.

1214 Cole Student Activity Building University of Maryland College Park, Maryland 20742 301/ 314-2615

Wexner Center Galleries Mark Bradford: Youre Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You) May 7 August 30, 2010
Best known for his dazzling large-scale abstract collages, Bradford is engaged in an incisive, ongoing examination of the class-, race-, and gender-based economies that structure urban society in the United States. A vigorous archeologist of his own predominantly African American neighborhood, Los Angeles Leimert Park, Bradford builds each work around a carefully chosen compendium of found materials or, as he calls them, materials with a built-in history. He analyzes, combines, embellishes, brutalizes,

Wexner Center for the Arts The Ohio State University 1871 North High Street Columbus, Ohio 43210 614/ 292-0330

and reconstitutes these materialsposters, flyers, and billboard paper, among themin a very physical, craft-based process that is the basis of all his work. The resulting projects are both seductive and analytical, deftly encompassing both social critique and formal innovation. The exhibit will travel to the following venues: the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

A catalogue accompanies this exhibition.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston In the Brown Foundation Gallery Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of Cool On view through April 18, 2010
Best known for his life-sized portraits of ordinary people living in his urban northeast community of Connecticut, Barkley L. Hendrickss bold portrayal of his subjects attitude and style elevates the common man and woman to celebrity status. Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool is the first painting retrospective of the American artist, and includes over 50 works from 1964 to the present.

5216 Montrose Boulevard Houston, Texas 77006 713/ 284-8250

Further reading:

A catalogue accompanies this exhibition.

Barkley L. Hendricks, Sweet Thang (Lynn Jenkins), 19751976, Oil on linen canvas, 52 1/2 x 52 3/4 inches Courtesy of the artist.

Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art April 23 August 29, 2010 333 North Laura Street Jacksonville, Florida 32202 904/ 366-6911

Long Island
P.S. 1 MoMa On-site 3: Mickalene Thomas On view through May 3, 2010 Contemporary Art Center Museum of Modern Art affiliate 22 25 Jackson Avenue at the Intersection of 46th Avenue Long Island, New York 11101 718/ 784-2084

Los Angeles
Fowler Museum at UCLA Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth On view through May 30, 2010
This exhibition is the largest presentation of work by Chicago-based artist Nick Cave, featuring thirty-five of his Soundsuitsmultilayered, mixed-media sculptures named for the sounds made when the suits are performed. Evocative of African, Caribbean and other ceremonial ensembles as well as haute couture, Cave's work explores issues of transformation, ritual, myth and identity through a layering of references and virtuosic construction, using materials as varied as yarn, beads, sequins, bottle caps, vintage toys, rusted iron sticks, twigs, leaves, and hair. Mad, humorous, visionary, glamorous and unexpected, the Soundsuits are created from scavenged ordinary materials and objects from both nature and culture, which Cave re-

University of California at Los Angeles Los Angeles, California 90095 310/ 825-4361

contextualizes into extraordinary works of art. A catalogue accompanies this exhibition.

Nick Cave (artist)

New Orleans
New Orleans Museum of Art Beyond the Blues: Reflections of African America in the Fine Arts Collection of the Amistad Research Center April 10 July 11, 2010 Jointly organized by the New Orleans
Museum of Art and the Amistad Research Center, Beyond the Blues: Reflections of African America in the Fine Arts Collection of the Amistad Research Center is the first large-scale exhibition of this seminal collection of work by African American artists and about the African American experience. The exhibition features works from the late 19th century to the first decade of the 21st century that are Drawn from the extraordinary but little known fine arts collection of the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, LA, the 100 + paintings, works on paper and sculpture in the exhibition will be complemented by pertinent selections from the personal papers of the artists also in the collection of the Amistad Research Center. The exhibition is curated by Margaret Rose Vendryes, author of Barth, A Life in Sculpture.

One Collins C. Diboll Circle City Park New Orleans, Louisiana 70124 504/ 658-4100

Head of a Man by Richmond Barth


New York
Alexander and Bonin Willie Cole: Post Black and Blue On view through April 24, 2010 Post Black and Blue is an exhibition of new
works by Willie Cole. In this exhibition, Willie Cole addresses the feelings and memories associated with sorrow and lost love using the mediums of ink on paper, video, painting and sculpture. The exhibition title references the aesthetics of blues music and film noir inspired illustration.

132 Tenth Avenue (located between 18th and 19th Streets in Chelsea) New York, New York 10011 212/ 367-7474

Willie Cole, cause he was doin her wrong. 2009, marker and ink on paper, 23 x 17, photo: Bill Orcutt

Anita Shapolsky Gallery African American Abstract Masters On view through April 24, 2010
The artists in this exhibition are truly masters of Abstraction. The black art movement was helped by the W.P.A., the G. I. Bill (after WWII) and the Civil Rights movement. With all that, most artists had to go to Europe to paint and sell similar to the jazz musicians of that era. Many of these artists did show in the fifties and early sixties but like all abstract artists, they were eclipsed by the Pop and Minimal movements. The following artists are included in the exhibition: Betty Blayton, Frank Bowling, Ed Clark, Herbert Gentry, Bill Hutson, Sam Middleton, Joe Overstreet, Thomas Sills, Merton Simpson and Frank Wimberley.

152 east 65th Street New York, New York 10065 212/ 452-1094


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There is a concurrent exhibition at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba 219 East 2nd St New York, New York 10009 212/ 674-3939 On view through April 24, 2010

Thomas Sills, Arbor, 1959, Oil on canvas, 45 x 49 Babcock Galleries African-Americans: Seeing and Seen, 1766-1916 On view through April 2, 2010
African Americans: Seeing and Seen, 1766 1916 is an incisive overview of refined and controversial fine art and popular culture images of African Americans as artists and subjects. Bitter brutality and cruel caricature alternate with respectful revelations and positive portrayals of the status of African Americans. It may be said that all portrayals become betrayals in revealing the motivations and prejudices of their creator, and the images in this exhibition offer telling insights into the prevailing notions of the period. Each work is not only a signpost of the complex nature of our cultural forbearers, but also a harbinger of the ongoing struggle for equal rights in the United States. View Exhibition: tpl=tpls/exhibition-artworks&type=Group A catalogue accompanies exhibition.

724 Fifth Avenue (between 56th and 57th Streets) New York, New York 10019 11th Floor 212/ 767-1852

Portrait of an Adolescent, c. 1890, Sheldon Orrin Parsons (1866-1943), 18 x 14 inches, Oil on canvas


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library) Latimer / Edison Gallery Jerry Pinkneys African-American Journey to Freedom: The Seagram Collection of African-American Art On view through April 18, 2010
This exhibition is a stunning collection of 35 watercolor paintings by the award-winning childrens book illustrator and artist. Originally commissioned by the Seagram Distillers in the mid-1970s for use in the Seagram AfricanAmerican history calendars which were distributed to the public, this exquisite collection was part of a larger donation made to the Schomburg Center. The watercolors beautifully illustrate a wide range of people and events in AfricanAmerican history; from the arrival of the first African indentured servants to the Great Migration to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

515 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, New York 10037 212/ 491- 2200

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Julie Mehretu: Grey Area May 14 October 6, 2010
The paintings in this exhibition were produced as the 15th commission of Deutsche Bank and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Inspired in part by Berlin, the city in which Mehretu created the works, the paintings evoke the psycho geography of a place and the effects of the built environment on individuals, while at the same time contemplating the past and the surviving traces of lived history. A society at war often does not think of the lasting effects of its actions, and to see memories preserved after decades of recovery is a poignant reminder. These paintings are imbued with the ghostly traces of past and current transformations in the urban landscape.

1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street) New York, New York 10128 212/ 423-3500


Santa Monica
M. Hanks Gallery Prints by the Masters April 14 May 29, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 10, 2010, 7:00 9:00 pm Gallery Director-Led Tour: Sunday, May 23, 2010, 3:00 pm

3008 Main Street Santa Monica, California 90405 310/ 392-8820

KingTisdell Cottage Foundation Malaika Favorite: Nothing Is As It Seems On view through April 3, 2010
These works were inspired in part by the poem, We Wear the Mask, by Paul Laurence Dunbar. This latest collection by Malaika Favorite is a series of 3-D mixed media pieces and wall pieces based on the theme choices and consequences which emphasizes making choices and possible results.

Beach Institute 502 East Harris Street Savannah, Georgia 31401 912/ 234-8000

Malaika Favorite

Washington, DC
Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique You Still Excite Me! A Sensuous Art Show On view through April 4, 2010 2806 Bruce Place, SE Washington, DC 20020 202/ 610-4188


This exhibition features the work of Larry Poncho Brown, Francine Haskins, Michele Foster-Lucas, Adrianne Mills, Hampton Olfus, Jr. and Greg Paige.

International Visions-The Gallery Signs, Symbols, and Words March 24 April 24, 2010
Featured artists include: Adam Abdalla, Sylvie Barcelo, Bahar Behbahani, Ann Bouie, Milton Bowens, Kevin Cole, Alonzo Davis, Tim Davis, Bill Dorsey, Mikhail Gubin, April Harrison, Verna Hart, Genevieve Esper (Iris), Wadsworth Jarrell, Hamid Kachmar, Gina Lewis, Samella Lewis, Tamara Natalie Madden, Ulysses Marshall, Barry Mason, Betty Murchison, Fred Mutebi, Ibou Ndoye, Naul Ojeda, Charly Palmer, James Phillips, Michael Platt, Betty Press, Ellington Robinson, Preston Sampson, Michael Singletary, Marie Skora, Frank Smith, George Smith-Shomari, Carroll Sockwell, Stan Squirewell, Ron Walton, and Helen Zughaib.

2629 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008 202/ 234-5112

Parish Gallery-Georgetown Michael and Michelle Singletary March 19 April 13, 2010

1054 31st Street, NW Canal Square Washington, DC 20007 202/ 944-2310

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) 2nd Floor of the National Museum of American History Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment April 23 August 29, 2010
Drawing on wide-ranging materials including historic photographs, film, recordings, and artist interviews, the exhibition will trace the evolution of the Apollo from its birth in 1914 as a whites-only burlesque theater to its years as a premier entertainment venue and a magnet for audiences from around the world.

NMAAHC's Gallery at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History 1400 Constitution Avenue Washington, DC programs/view/43


Cameron Art Museum Recollections: The Past is Present On view through June 20, 2010
The exhibitions visual and thematic referencing of the past while being rooted firmly in the present connects the art work of Amalia Amaki, Lillian Blades and Beverly Buchanan to the historical-tinged quilts by African American women in the exhibition. The use of textural materials, color, found objects, building shapes and cultural images balance delicacy and strength while evoking the individualized stories and shared histories of the diaspora of African Americans, Africa and the Caribbean.

3201 South 17th Street Wilmington, North Carolina 28412 910/ 395-5999

Hudson River Museum Jacob Lawrence: Prints, 1963-2000, A Comprehensive Survey On view through June 6, 2010
Showcasing Jacob Lawrences entire oeuvre of printmaking, this exhibition highlights one creative aspect of one of the greatest African American artists of the twentieth century. The exhibition includes more than 70 brilliantlycolored individual prints, including the complete Legend of John Brown series, Eight Studies for the Book of Genesis, and prints based on the paintings from the Life of Toussaint LOuverture series. One of the key themes of the exhibition is struggle. As Lawrence noted, I am dealing with struggle throughout my work, I think struggle is a beautiful thing. I think it has made our country what it is, starting with the American Revolution. I would like to think of the struggle in my work as not being just a black symbol, but a

511 Warburton Avenue Yonkers, new York 10701 914/ 963-4550


symbol of mans capacity to endure and triumph.

Jacob Lawrence, The Studio, 1996 Lithograph on BFK Rives paper, 30 x 22 1/8 in. Image courtesy of DC Moore Gallery

Black Art Project welcomes any information or leads that you might have relating to Black art exhibitions, particularly regional exhibitions that are not traditionally marketed on a national scale. The Project will verify the accuracy of any information submitted. Thank you for any assistance that you provide. Black Art Project George-McKinley Martin P. O. Box 8515 Silver Spring, Maryland 20907 March 2010