NAMLA (Nader Art Museum Latin America) celebrates Wifredo Lam in New York

Public exhibition from November 11 through November 21 at Gary Nader NY, 24 West 57th Street, New York City. This show will include works from the Nader Art Museum Latin America (NAMLA) as well as Several Prestigious Private Collections Nader Art Museum Latin America and Gary Nader NY are pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition […]

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Chris Ofili: Night and Day

“I’ve found that the night and twilight here enhances the imagination. In the city our relationship to the night is very particular because it’s always illuminated, but here it’s unlit, so you’re relying on the light of the moon and sensitivity of the eyes.”
– Chris Ofili (2010)*

Installation view of the exhibition, Chris Ofili: Night and Day. Photo by Maris Hutchinson/EPW All artworks © Chris Ofili. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London . Source: http://artobserved.com
Installation view of the exhibition, Chris Ofili: Night and Day. Photo by Maris Hutchinson/EPW All artworks © Chris Ofili. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London . Source: http://artobserved.com

Chris Ofili: Night and Day was the title of the artist’s first solo retrospective in the USA, curated by Massimiliano Gioni (New Museum, New York, 29 October – 1 February 2015).  The exhibition featured more than 30 of Ofili’s paintings, collages and a selection of sculptures displayed over three floors of gallery space at 235 Bowery. Continue reading Chris Ofili: Night and Day

Smartguide to the exhibition “Black Like Who? Exploring Race and Representation” at Birmingham Museum of Art (Alabama, USA)

Birmingham Museum of Art (Alabama, USA) has recently published an online smartguide to its current exhibition Black Like Who? Exploring Race and Representation(July 11 – November 1, 2015). The exhibition features 28 works from the Museum’s permanent collection, and selected loans, brought together to consider how artistic representations of African-Americans and aspects of black cultural life have been influenced at pivotal historical moments by specific socio-political, cultural, and aesthetic interests, as well as the subjectivities of individual artists.

The assembled works by 19 artists are arranged into five thematic sections covering the period from the early 19th century, when the brutalities of enslavement and ‘Jim Crow’ restricted black self-representation, through to more modern 20th and 21st century portraiture of black subjects by African-American and white artists from Birmingham and other locations in Alabama. These works are placed alongside notable artworks and commentaries by internationally renowned African-American artists and scholars to contextualise changing attitudes to ‘race’ in the USA more broadly.

Five thematic sections:

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“American Policing: Lessons on Resistance” – Discussions at the Schomburg in New York

American Policing: Lessons on Resistance’ is the title of a panel discussion that took place at the Schomburg in New York on 18th February 2015 as a follow-up conversation to their recent town-hall-style debate on ‘American Policing: The War on Black Bodies’. The session featured wide-ranging commentary on issues related to police brutality, racial discrimination, ‘stop and frisk’/’stop and search’ policies, and community-led responses to the killing of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Aiyana Stanley-Jones and others in recent news.

Contributing speakers (from left to right): Mychal Denzel Smith; Cherrell Brown; Philip Agnew; Dante Barry; and Ashley Yates. Source: Schomburg Center, New York.

The panel discussion was moderated by writer Mychal Denzel Smith (The Nation), with contributions from the following four political activists and social commentators: Ashley Yates (poet and co-creator of Millennial Activists United), Dante Barry (Director of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice), Philip Agnew (Co-founder of Dream Defenders) and Cherrell Brown (National Organizer with Equal Justice USA). Closing comments were also provided by Dr Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Central to the debate were questions about what justice might look like if black lives actually mattered in the USA; strategies for restructuring, de-militarizing and dismantling policing systems so that their historical origins in the States as organisations founded on the surveillance and restriction of the lives, mobilities and freedoms of black and brown people did not continue to perpetuate racialized discrimination; critiquing the complexities of campaigning against the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) and the increasing monetization of incarcerated black bodies; envisioning safe communities; aligning anti-racist  political activism with wider education and culture agendas – including activism via the arts; routes into community-based activism and leadership for young people; self-esteem/’self-love’/self-care and spirituality issues within movements for social change; and effective ways to disseminate counter-narratives to help challenge the normalisation of privileged white citizenship to the detriment of others’ lived realities.

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