VISIT: Exciting Exhibitions

Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art
Sept. 29, 2019 through January 19, 2020

Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art offers a sweeping new perspective on the contributions black artists have made to the evolution of visual art from the 1940s to the present moment. A central theme of the exhibition is the power of abstract art as a political choice as well as a personal statement for generations of black artists. The freedoms of postwar abstraction took on specific urgency as these artists resisted both the imagery of racist mainstream culture and pressures to create prescribed, positive representations of black Americans. Artists featured include pioneers of postwar abstraction once overlooked by history, such as Norman Lewis, Alma W. Thomas, and Jack Whitten, as well as artists from a younger generation such as Kevin Beasley, Mark Bradford, Martin Puryear, Lorna Simpson, and many others.


Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody

The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Dec. 19, 2019 – March 22, 2020

In New Orleans-based filmmaker Garrett Bradley’s first solo museum show, a selection of short films present an alternative history with a focus on untold African American experiences. Bradley’s film, AKA, was included in this year’s Whitney Biennial, and America, another of his works, was one of the main events at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s October 2019 film festival.

Something Over Something Else: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series

The High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Now through Feb. 2, 2020

This exhibition draws its title, “Something Over Something Else: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series,” from the 1977 New Yorker article that spurred Bearden to create the Profile series. Authored by Calvin Tomkins for the magazine’s “Profiles” section, the biographical essay, “Putting Something over Something Else,” was titled after Bearden’s own words describing the creative process. The experience of being interviewed for this article, and recounting moments stretching back to childhood, inspired Bearden to create his own word-and-picture elaborations on the decades of his life.

BOOK: An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden by Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell

Kara Walker Turbine Commission 2019. Tate Modern.

Kara Walker

Tate Modern, London
Oct.2 through April 5, 2020

The American artist Kara Walker promised a deep dive into Britain’s history at Tate Modern and she has more than delivered with her soaring fountain Fons Americanus. It’s a hard job to top past Turbine Hall commissions, but Walker’s riff on the high Victorian memorial outside of Buckingham Palace is an unforgettable response to Britain’s leading role in the transatlantic slave trade and its legacy.

Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections

Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections

Detroit Institute for the Arts
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 through Sunday, Mar 15, 2020

With Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections, explore the rich history of collecting of African American Art in the Detroit region by private collectors, featuring works by Romare Bearden, Al Loving, Charles McGee and Alison Saar. This exhibition will demonstrate local collectors’ interest in the diverse media, styles, genres, influences and subject matter that inspired them to collect art created by African Americans.

Rashid Johnson, The Hikers

Rashid Johnson, The Hikers

Hauser + Wirth, New York
Nov. 12, 2019 through Jan. 25, 2020

Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present “The Hikers,” an exhibition of recent works by American artist Rashid Johnson. The exhibition brings together ceramic tile mosaics, collaged paintings, and a large scale sculpture that address Johnson’s recurring interest in currents of anxiety and escapism created by the political and social turmoil felt across the United States and around the globe. The exhibition borrows its title from Johnson’s latest film, a centerpiece of the exhibition, shot earlier this year on location in the mountains of Colorado.

Afterlives of the Black Atlantic

Allen Memorial Art Gallery, Oberlin College
Aug. 20, 2019 through May 24, 2020

Afterlives of the Black Atlantic brings together works from the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa that collectively explore the complexities of memory, identity, and belonging in the wake of the transatlantic slave trade. Drawn largely from the AMAM collection, with the addition of several loans and a site-specific commissioned work by José Rodríguez, Afterlives places contemporary artworks in dialogue with historical objects, contextualizing the concerns of artists investigating this history and its continued relevance.

Migrating Worlds Exhibition

Migrating Worlds: The Art of the Moving Image in Britain

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut
Oct. 10, 2019 through Dec. 29, 2019

Migrating Worlds: The Art of the Moving Image in Britain showcases work that addresses the relationship between people and place, especially the effects of dislocation incurred by the movement of individuals, both forced and elective. Through a common emphasis on nature and its land forms, whether urban topography, wilderness, or the surfaces and depths of the seas, these artists address questions of identity and place, exploring the colonial exploitation of peoples and the environment, and their contemporary legacies in our ceaselessly changing world.