Theaster Gates: Black Image Corporation
Spelman Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta
Jan. 28 through May 16, 2020
This exhibition, which was curated by internationally recognized artist Theaster Gates, includes 10 large format prints by two important African American photographers who both worked for the Johnson Publishing Company: Moneta Sleet Jr. (1926 – 1996), the heralded photographer whose photograph of Coretta Scott King at her husband’s funeral won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969, and Isaac Sutton (1923 – 1995), a studio photographer and artist whose fashion photography and iconic photographs of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and many others earned him international acclaim.
Conceived in 1989 as a biennale alternating between literature and art, The Dak’Art Biennial brings to light the different shapes of the evolution of contemporary art creation. The general theme of the 14th Biennial of African Art is ” Ĩ NDAFFA / FORGING / OUT OF THE FIRE .” This general theme refers to the founding of African creativity, which nurtures the diversity of African contemporary creativity, while planning new ways to relate and understand Africa. It denotes the dynamic and action to create, recreate and knead.
Paa Joe: Gates of No Return
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta
February 29 –May 31, 2020
The Paa Joe: Gates of No Return exhibition comprises a series of large-scale, painted wood sculptures commissioned in 2004 and 2005 that represent architectural models of Gold Coast castles and forts, which served as way stations for more than six million Africans sold into slavery and sent to the Americas and the Caribbean between the 16th and 19th centuries.
BOOK: Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon by Dr. Cheryl Finley