EXH: “Richmond Barthé: The Seeker” and Gallery Talk @ Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

Richmond Barthé: The Seeker
November 6, 2010 – June 12, 2011

Gallery of African American Art
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery

Guest Curator: Margaret Rose Vendryes

Richmond Barthé, who was born on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, began his career in 1927 during his training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Barthé initially studied painting, but after he was exposed to modeling the human form in clay, he found his calling and began to attain success as a sculptor. After his move to New York, where he was associated with the Harlem Renaissance, Barthé established a reputation as one of the leading modern artists of his time, as well as one of the first African American artists to obtain critical success and celebrity.

Gallery Talk and Reception

Saturday, April 16
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Guest Curator, Margaret Rose Vendryes, Ph.D. will speak on the highlights of bronze sculptor, Richmond Barthé’s life and career.  She will also be available to sign her book Barthé a Life in Sculpture which is available for purchase in the Museum Store.

The event is Free for members
$5 for non-members


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EXH: “Reframing Haiti: Art, History and Performativity” @ Brown University, et al.

From March 23-April 21, 2011, Brown University, in collaboration with the Rhode Island School of Design and the Waterloo Center for the Arts, will host a multi-venue exhibition of more than 100 works of Haitian art.

In conjunction with this exhibition, titled, Re-Framing Haiti: Art, History and Performativity, Brown will host five visiting Haitian artists, who will present public lectures and workshops.

The exhibition and all artist events will be free and open to the public.



Contact: reframinghaiti@gmail.com


EXH: “Moments of Beauty” @ The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos

The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
J. D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere
Moments of Beauty
15 April– 27 November 2011

ARS 11
Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma
Helsinki, Finland

The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos presents Moments of Beauty, a groundbreaking exhibition of work by the Nigerian artist J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere. Occasionally elegiac, but invariably elegant, the photographs in this exhibition reflect what the artist deems as “moments of beauty,” referring to the ebullience of Nigerian life engendered by independence and decolonisation. The exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of Ojeikere’s practice, chronicling his experiences as a visual artist and commercial photographer by presenting works that cover a range of subjects including architecture, education, fashion, social life and cultural festivals. This first comprehensive survey of Ojeikere’s work to date, with over 150 works, marks the beginning of rigorous scholarship and engagement with the artist’s practice, which spans more than half of a century. As such Moments of Beauty provides in-depth perspectives to the practice of an artist whose formidable archive has become an important anthropological, ethnographic, and artistic treasure.

J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere (b. 1930) documented significant moments in Nigerian history with great passion and discernment. Throughout his career, he has focused on the social, political and cultural transformations occurring during Nigeria’s transition from a colonial state to an independent republic. His formal investigations, documentary work and various commercial endeavors captured the unique atmosphere and élan of Nigeria during a period of great euphoria and ambivalence. Practicing since the early 1950’s, Ojeikere is a leading artist of his generation, devoted to the art of image making, the history of his country and the critical possibilities of the photographic medium.

Moments of Beauty is curated by Aura Seikkula and Bisi Silva. Curatorial Assistant is Antawan I. Byrd.

This exhibition has been organised by the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos in collaboration with Foto Ojeikere. It is co-produced with theMuseum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma as an independently curated part of the ARS 11 exhibition, Helsinki, Finland. ARS 11 is curated by Pirkko Siitari, Arja Miller and Jari-Pekka Vanhala from Kiasma.

A substantial monograph of Ojeikere’s life and work is currently in production and being co-ordinated by CCA, Lagos. The richly illustrated exhibition catalogue of ARS 11 includes an insightful essay on Ojeikere’s practice by Aura Seikkula and Bisi Silva.

Taking “Africa” as its focal point, this year’s edition of ARS 11, Finland’s largest international exhibition of contemporary art will feature work by approximately thirty artists whose practices engage with Africa from various perspectives. Among the participating artists are Georges Adéagbo, El Anatsui, Samba Fall, Laura Horelli, Alfredo Jaar, Nandipha Mntambo, Otobong Nkanga, Odili Odita, Emeka Ogboh, Abraham Oghobaseand Barthélémy Toguo.

For inquiries, please contact info@ccalagos.org or info@kiasma.fi
Antawan I. Byrd
Curatorial Assistant
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
Lagos, Nigeria

EXH: “Fateful Journey: Africa in the Works of El Anatsui” @ Museum of Modern Art, Hayama [Japan]

“Gli (Wall)”. (Collection of the artist)
Fateful Journey: Africa in the Works of El Anatsui
The first solo exhibition in Japan of the contemporary African sculptor El Anatsui (born 1944 in Ghana; lives in Nigeria). With the help of his assistants, El Anatsui crushes, crumples, folds and ties together liquor bottle caps into colorful wall hangings or self-standing sculptures. Recycling discarded junk, El Anatsui creates ‘‘metal textiles’’ that now hang in major museums. About 30 works are in the display.

EXH: Senghor Reid @ Art X Detroit

Art X Detroit is pleased to present a short video by Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Stephen McGee, featuring Kresge Visual Arts Fellow, Senghor Reid. This is the fourth video in a series featuring the 2008-2010 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship Awardees and Eminent Artists. Join us as we feature a new video each day, leading up to the opening night of Art X Detroit on April 6, 2011.

EXH: MoCADA at Verge Art Brooklyn, DUMBO, March 3-6

Jeff Sims, Straddle, 2010
Porcelain, enamel, mdf

Please join MoCADA at Verge Art Brooklyn in DUMBO, March 3-6, 2011.
The opening party is Thursday, March 3, 10p – 4a, at Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street
Our booth #6 is located at 81 Front Street, Ground Floor / One Main Street
One of our artists, Jeff Sims, was selected for Brooklyn Art Now: 2011 Survey Exhibition Curated by Loren Munik/James Kalm. 111 Front Street, Second Floor, Suites 200, 204 & 222
We look forward to seeing you there!
Please visit the link and see below for additional information

EXH: “Red/Black: Related Through History” @ Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis

February 12, 2011 – August 7, 2011

Explore the interwoven histories of African Americans and Native Americans with Red/Black: Related Through History. This groundbreaking exhibition is the result of a partnership between the Eiteljorg Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Red/Black includes the NMAI panel exhibit IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas and portrays the shared experiences of African and Native Americans as allies and adversaries, through images, artifacts, film and more. The exhibition also explores issues of race and identity and the question: “Who am I and who gets to say so?” Red/Black will be supported by performances, genealogy workshops, lectures and other dynamic programming.


EXH: “True Self: The Search for Identity in Modern and Contemporary Art” @ MMoCA

Until June 2011

True Self: The Search for Identity in Modern and Contemporary Art explores the ways artists have understood and conveyed the essence of the self—through facial expression, body language, dress, and the particulars of setting—in a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs. Drawn from MMoCA’s permanent collection, the exhibition lists a broad range of artists, including Thomas Hart Benton, Sonya Clark, Chuck Close, Käthe Kollwitz, Alfred Leslie, Diego Rivera, Cindy Sherman, Hollis Sigler, Raphael Soyer, and Ida Wyman.

True Self is organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and is on view in the museum’s Henry Street Gallery. Exhibitions in the Henry Street Gallery are generously funded through an endowment established by the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.


EXH: “Material Girls” @ Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore



January 25, 2011 (BALTIMORE, MD) — Thirty-eight three-dimensional works of art by eight black women artists will be featured in the special exhibition, Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum from February 12 to October 16, 2011. This exhibition celebrates the traditions of skill, innovation and creativity practiced by black women, both past and present.

Material Girls features an impressive lineup of artists at varying points in their careers including Chakaia Booker, Sonya Clark, Torkwase Dyson, Maya Freelon Asante, Maren Hassinger, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Joyce J. Scott and Renée Stout. This exhibition highlights the materials they prod, ply and piece together in works that play on unique cultural meanings, personal memories and social agendas.

Curated by Dr. Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Material Girls explores the intersection of art and craft with works of art made with both traditional mediums—wood, clay, paper and glass—and non-traditional ones—rubber tires, plastic bags, model cars and human hair. Works on view feature intimate, handcrafted beadwork to monumental sculptures with industrial materials weighing over 1,000 pounds.

“The caliber and creativity of these artists is astounding,” notes Dr. Wilkinson. “Their sculptural works have a highly sensory appeal, ranging from the gleaming visual surfaces of hand blown glass to the coarse textures of volcanic stone. A key concern is environmental issues, and many of the artists use recycled materials in their works.”

“This original exhibition is a landmark moment in the museum’s history,” says Executive Director Dr. David Taft Terry. “Material Girls is a contemporary art exhibition that draws on the history of African American material culture. We are delighted to work with such an esteemed group of black women artists.”

The Material Girls 48-page catalogue will be available for $20 in the museum shop during the run of the exhibition

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