Tera Desegna, 2014
Copper, Rubber 41 x 41 x 4 in.
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Tera Desegna, 2014
Copper, Rubber 41 x 41 x 4 in.
Toyin Odutola, “Evidence,” (2014).
Charcoal, pastel and graphite on paper. 17 x 14 inches.
Project Row Houses is proud to announce that Founder Rick Lowe has been named in the 2014 class of MacArthur fellows. The MacArthur Fellowship, commonly referred to as the “MacArthur Genius Grant,” is a prize awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to residents of the United States who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work.”
Rick Lowe, who started Project Row Houses in 1993 alongside James Bettison (1958-1997), Bert Long (1940-2013), Jesse Lott, Floyd Newsum, Bert Samples, and George Smith, has sought to better his community by nurturing and supporting it through art, education, economic development, community building, and the preservation of relevant architecture. Through PRH and the fruition of socially engaged art, Lowe and his work have inspired numerous projects throughout the United States and beyond its borders.
“All of us at Project Row Houses are so proud and excited that Rick has received this prestigious recognition from the MacArthur Foundation. It will enable him to continue to perform his work in local communities,” said Linda Shearer, Executive Director of PRH. “Project Row Houses is now 20 years old and poised to embark on new initiatives into the future. We know he will continue to be a vibrant catalyst in transforming community through the power of art, and look forward to his next steps.”
The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits as well as a marked capacity for self-direction. Nominated anonymously by leaders in their field, fellows receive a stipend of $625,000, paid over the course of five years, to use as they see fit.
creatureofconsequence said: Hey, so I've been following your blog for awhile and wanted to say I really appreciate the space that you are claiming for artists and critics of color. I also decided to reach out because I recently graduated and am trying to pursue a career in arts administration. I was wondering if you had any advice for me as someone starting out or if you could share your own story. Thanks in advance :)
Thank you for following and contacting us! There are a number of ways to pursue a career in the arts. It all depends on where you’re located… but the best place to begin is as an intern or volunteer at a cultural institution where you might want to work.
Some internships/fellowships to consider:
Project Row Houses
Many contributors to the blog have held internship or fellowships at these spaces. Let us know if this helps!
Performance at the AC Institute, part of UR HEAD IS MINE
Video recorded and edited by Sam Richardson
Visuals and audio by collective member Yulan Grant. The performance also features a voice-automated reading of the following poem, written specifically for the piece by collective member Justin Allen. We encourage you to reblog and revise the poem as you wish:
Most of us remember the age we realized
The danger in what we wanted.
Years later, we watch the bodies of our own
Stack high into statistics.
Where we seek out protection
We continue to count names,
Unsure of when we’ll stop.
So this is where we retreat:
A cloud where they can’t follow us.
Unbound by way of download,
We encourage you to download,
Or copy and paste where you see fit,
Disseminate, revise as you wish.
Reblog to expand scope of voices
To expand visions that shift
At the break between worlds—
One of avatars, the other of bodies.
Maybe when we log on
We don’t leave our bodies,
But extend them,
A hybrid of elegy and manifesto.
This is our world as much as theirs.
They follow to threaten us,
But what happens when we follow back?
When we gather and build confidence?
Perhaps they not only fear,
But cannot fathom us. They want their
certainty and comfort. They want us silent.
— Jacob Lawrence
MoMA/MoMA PS1 Records debut album follows the exhibition, There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4’33” at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The double LP features four compositions presented as artistic answers to Cage’s emphatic “There Will Never Be Silence” by artists Kevin Beasley, Lizzi Bougatsos, Sabisha Friedberg, and Yasunao Tone.
Tavares Strachan - Invisible Astronaut (2013)
— James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (via heytoyourmamanem)
Dynamic Africa Global Events Listing: Arts.
Calling all lovers of African and Afro-diasporan art! Here are some of the current and upcoming art exhibitions on our radar happening all over the world!
Pangaea - “New Art From Africa and Latin America” at Saatchi Gallery, London.
2 April - 2 November.
Several highly renowned artists from Africa exhibit work alongside artists from Latin America. See works from the likes of Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, Ibrahim Mahama, Mario Macilau, Vincent Michea and Boris Nzebo.
Zander Blom - “New Paintings” at Stevenson, Cape Town.
28 August - 4 October 2014.
Pretoria-born artist Zander Blom will be unveiling his latest work at the STEVENSON gallery in Cape Town. The exhibition opens on Thursday, August 28th from 6pm-8pm. Blom will give an exclusive walkabout of the exhibition on Friday, August 29th at 11am, at a cost of R20.
South African photographer Pieter Hugo will be exhibiting a selection of his work at the Fundacio Colectania in Barcelona, Spain, beginning on September 18th through to early December.
Zanele Muholi solo shows at the EinsteinHaus in Ulm, Germany
18 September - 25 October
See selections of South African photographer Zanele Muholi’s work that documents, investigates and explores the lives of black lesbians in South Africa.
Works from 21 different artists including Athi-Patra Ruga (South Africa), Bouchra Khalili (France/Morocco), Bruno Boudjelal (France/Algeria), Celestino Mudaulane (Mozambique), Conrad Botes (South Africa), Paul Edmunds (South Africa), Simon Gush (South Africa) and Wim Botha (South Africa).
"Revolution! Works from the Black Arts Movement" at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.
See a display of seven works by seven different artists who were part of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s in the United States.
Yinka Shonibare - “Egg Fight” at Centre d’Art de la Fondation Blachère, Apt.
23 May - 20 September.
Fondation Blachère is presenting a solo exhibition and new light installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE RA. The exhibition takes its cue from Shonibare’s installation Egg Fight (2009) recently acquired by Fondation Blachère.
Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver Travels, the piece is a satirical staging of the divisions between Protestants and Catholics through the argument over which end of a boiled egg should be broken, the large or small end. This work reflects Shonibare’s interest in addressing conflicting ideologies observed in culture, politics and society.
Exhibition Openings: Chris van Eeden, Sidy Diallo, Emma Nourse and Zina Saro-Wiwa at Brundyn+, Cape Town
4 September - 25 October
The following four concurrent exhibitions will be opening at Cape Town’s Brundyn+ starting September 4th:
EXHIBITIONS OPENING THURSDAY, 4 September 2014 6-9pm
Charles Gaines - “Gridwork 1974-1989” at Studio Museum Harlem, New York
17 July - October 26
An exhibition that features over 70 pieces of Charles Gaines’ early work in conceptualism from a career spanning over 40 years.Gaines’ early experiments looked at the roles that systems and rule-based procedures play in the construction of forms, objects and meaning.
Nick Cave - “Made for Whites by Whites & Rescue” at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
4 September - 11 October
Informed by the racist memorabilia he encountered at flea markets and other second-hand shops whilst traveling through the United States, “Made for White by Whites” looks at these once commonplace racially charged objects and the place (and space) the occupy in the American consciousness.
"Rescue", the second part of Cave’s two-part double venue exhibition at the Jack Shainman Gallery, is composed of a series of “sculptures that incorporate found ceramic dogs sitting on furniture within elaborate grottos or dreamlike dens. Dogs have historically been associated with loyalty, class, breed, commitment, and protection. More recently, the term “dawg” has played a role in hip-hop culture as a moniker for brotherhood, respect, and power.”
Chris Ofili - “Night & Day” at New Museum, New York
29 October 2014 - 1 February 2015
The New Museum presents the first ever major solo exhibition of Afro-British artist Chris Ofili. The exhibition will span the Ofili’s career, from his work in painting and drawing, to sculpture, film and poetry.
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— W.E.B. Dubois (via thesaadcedit)
Remi Jungerman (c) 2014
Horizontal Obeah IX 2014, painted wood, textile, kaolin - 27 x 6 x 146 cm
Photo© Alan Dimmick — at CCA Glasgow.