The Whole World Was Watching

Civil Rights-Era Photographs from Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil

  • Danny Lyon
    Singing Group at the March on Washington, 1963.
    Basis for the SNCC poster titled "Now," 1963 (Aug. 28) Washington, D.C.; Danny Lyon from "Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement"
    The Menil Collection, Houston
    gift of Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil
    Photo: Hester + Hardaway Photographers Fayetteville, Texas

This striking collection of photographs features images captured during the height of the radical changes brought on by the 1960s Civil Rights movement. 

The Whole World Was Watching: Civil Rights-Era Photographs will be on view through September 25, 2011 at The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas.


Elizabeth Catlett's Forever Love

  • Sharecropper, 1946
    oil on canvas
    ©Elizabeth Catlett
    Licensed by VAGA New York, NY
    Collection of John Hortense Russell
    Courtesy Sragow Gallery

At the request of the artist, Ellen Sragow curated this wonderful exhibition, which brings together Catlett's iconic Sharecropper images, as well as other, rarely seen works.


Digame: Elizabeth Catlett's Forever Love will be on view through May 25 at the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery, W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African-American Research, Harvard University.

Nick Cave

Meet Me at the Center of the Earth

  • Nick Cave
    Soundsuit, 2009
    Human hair, metal armature
    Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery.

Organized by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco this exhibition highlights Nick Cave's elaborate use of color, texture, movement and sound.

Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth will be on view at the Seattle Art Museum through June 5, 2011.

Glenn Ligon: AMERICA

  • Photo: Dominic Hackley

We were so thrilled to attend the opening of Glenn Ligon: AMERICA at the Whitney Museum last night.  Congratulations to artist, icon and friend, Glenn Ligon!

Glenn Ligon: AMERICA is on view through June 5, 2011 at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Hot off the press!

The Winter/Spring 2010-11 issue of Studio Magazine has arrived. Dubbed “The Conversation Issue”, this latest volume features a plethora of interviews with artists, curators and writers – Mark Bradford, Stephen Burks and Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims to name a few – in addition to Naomi Jackson’s book picks, a fiction piece by Dr. Amina Gautier, excerpts from recent publications, studio visits with contemporary artists and more! Pick up your copy at the Studio Museum today.

Historical Birthdays of Note

Augusta Savage

  • Augusta Savage
    ca. 1930
    Hand-painted plaster, 9 ¼ x 6 x 4 inches
    Collection of The Mint Museum.
    Photo by David Ramsey.

Augusta Savage was born on  February 29, 1892

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Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial at the Indianopolis Museum of Art

  • Thornton Dial
    New Light
    Wood, wire, twine, caning, cloth, wire screen, cow bone, enamel, and Splash Zone compound on wood
    Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
    81 1/2 x 94 x 8 in.

Organzied by Joanne Cubbs, the museum’s Adjunct Curator of American Art, this long overdue retrospective brings together many of Dial's assemblages, paintings, and drawings, and celebrates his extensive career.

Hard Truths will be on view through September 18, 2011 at the Indianopolis Museum of Art.

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Bodyscapes at Mechanical Hall Gallery, University Museums, University of Delaware

  • David. C. Driskell
    Masked Man, 1973
    Mixed media collage on paper
    8 x 5 ¼ in.
    Paul R. Jones Collection, University Museums
    © David C. Driskell

Bodyscapes will be on view through July 15, 2011 at the Mechanical Hall Gallery, University Museums, University of Delaware

Curated by University of Delaware art history doctoral candidates, this expansive exhibition features artwork by David Driskell, Robin Holder, P.H. Polk, Alison Saar, and Carrie Mae Weems among others.

AfriCOBRA: Art for the People

TV Land Special | Sunday February 27th at 8 pm ET/PT

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  • Wadsworth Jarrell

    Revolutionary (Angela Davis), 1972

    Image Courtesy of TV Land

  • Barbara Jones-Hogu

    Unite, 1971

    Image Courtesy of TV Land

  • Jeff Donaldson

    JamPactJelliTite, 1988

    Image Courtesy of TV Land

Forty-one years after their first exhibition at the Studio Museum, AfriCOBRA still brims with ‘expressive awesomeness’!

AfriCOBRA: Art for the People is a fast paced documentary despite the group’s (generally) geriatric status. Dynamic cinematography, ‘real talk’ and AfriCOBRA’s signature ‘Koolaid Colors’ keep things fresh while bringing the group's canvases to life on screen. AfriCOBRA artists or ‘image makers’ describe the jazzy, polyrhythmic movement in their work as ’visual music’, a synesthetic idea not far from Kandinsky’s theories on sound and color.

iona rozeal brown

at the Krannert Art Museum

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  • iona rozeal brown
    a3 blackface #68, 2003
    Acrylic on paper
    Courtesy of David Rhodes
    © Iona Rozeal Brown

  • iona rozeal brown
    One for the Money, Two Faux the Show (Still Pimpin’) after Katsukawa Shun’eis Y the Actor Ichikawa Komazto III, 2006
    Acrylic and gold leaf on panel
    Courtesy of the University of Virginia Art Museum
    © Iona Rozeal Brown

  • iona rozeal brown
    Off the Dome, Sicker Than Your Average (sic), 2006
    Acrylic and gold leaf on paper
    Courtesy of Walter Ochinko and Timothy Christensen
    © Iona Rozeal Brown

Check out iona rozeal brown’s solo exhibition at the Krannert Art Museum, on view through May 15, 2011. Brown’s paintings focus on the relationship between African American hip-hop culture and contemporary Japanese society. Brown was one of the featured artists in Black Belt (2003), a group exhibition here at the Studio Museum and has a few paintings in our permanent collection.