This week in African art and culture, there are two solo exhibitions on view: one from an emerging artist who has gradually travelled through several group exhibitions to his first solo in Accra, and the other by an established artist who is continually leaving significant imprints of his strides in the contemporary art scene, showing in Paris.
The past week in the African art and culture scene can be described as one of awe and recognition. The proliferation of a coming generation of practitioners in a multidisciplinary scope is an indication of the diverse forms of expression soon to be encountered in the contemporary art scene.
This week’s news in Black art focuses on institutional changes. The National Museum of African American History and Culture has announced a new director.
Above: Johanne Rahaman. Photo by Maggie Steber Documentary photographer Johanne Rahaman has traveled the state of Florida in search of the persistence of Black presence;
Legend has it that the Statue of Liberty was supposed to be a sister. I like to imagine that sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi would have chuckled at the brutal irony of his commission.
Dudley Alexis is a Haitian American filmmaker based in Miami. His most recent documentary, When Liberty Burns, highlights the life and death of Arthur McDuffie who died after a brutal police beating.