Black Art Near + Far
Exhibits and Events
This page is dedicated to Black art exhibitions and events, locally, nationally, and internationally. Be sure to come back often to see what's happening!
The Observance, now open at ICA Miami is a comprehensive survey of Chakaia Booker’s work. Since 1993 Booker has created a striking, beautiful, and political signature style, assembling cast-off tires into monumental landscapes. The exhibition introduces Booker’s practice across a number of mediums such as paintings, photographs, and sculpture. Institute of Contemporary Art Miami 61 NE 41st Street Miami, FL 33137 The exhibition runs through October 31, 2021.
Ektachrome Archive is a seminal body of work by New York-based artist Lyle Ashton Harris. Comprising thirty-six documentary photographs and fifteen journals dating from the early 1990s, the installation chronicles the emergence of a new generation of Black cultural producers and scholars in the wake of the Black Arts Movement and the conservative turn of the 1980s, and amid a continuing AIDS epidemic. Institute of Contemporary Art Miami 61 NE 41st Street Miami, FL 33137 The exhibition runs through November 21, 2021.
Isaac Julien’s Vagabondia is a double-projection installation exploring how structures of power and domination impact historical narratives in museums. Set in London’s Sir John Soane’s Museum, the video shows a Black female conservator as she moves around the museum at night imagining the ghosts of eighteenth-century Black London. Julien creates audiovisual installations, documentaries, and photographs that explore Black and queer histories and identities. Institute of Contemporary Art Miami 61 NE 41st Street Miami, FL 33137 The show runs through November 21, 2021.
Mumbo Jumbo: Then and Now
In Mumbo Jumbo: Then and Now, Francks Deceus utilizes a mix of references ranging from
social media emojis to iconography from African diasporic voodoo ceremonies, to bridge
gaps between the African-American and Haitian immigrant experiences.
N'Namdi Contemporary, 6505 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138. September 18, 2021-October 31,
The Carter Project, at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Art Museum
Chris Carter conceived and Bonnie Clearwater curated The Carter Project, at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Art Museum. Carter “examines the most comprehensive functional structure [he] ever dreamed to make.” “His innovative architectural assemblage is located in Miami’s North Wynwood neighborhood. Augmented reality features in the [museum] exhibition will create enhanced opportunities for visitors to explore The Carter Project’s interior and exterior spaces.” Nova Southeastern University Art Museum, One East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 On view through Jan. 9, 2022. See also The Carter Project Miami https://www.thecarterproject.miami/
Caminantes bring together a selection of South Florida based artists that identify as Latinx and Hispanic. This show is about culture, the one we carry from our ancestors and the one we build and create every day. It is about the now and the contemporary; it is about our experiences and our interest; it is about identity, and legacy. It is about our past and our future. FAT Village, 521 NW 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 The exhibition runs through October 30, 2021.
New York City
In Five Murmurations, filmmaker John Akomfrah, CBE, has turned his attention to the creation of a filmic archive of today, made in real-time, documenting how individuals and communities have been coping with the pandemic, the radical mobilization seen on the streets and the disruption of cycles of racism, and the increasingly urgent crisis of climate change. Lisson Gallery, 508 West 24th Street, New York. Runs through –Oct. 16, 2021
Nick Cave’s glass mosaics in his installation, Every one, at the 42nd St shuttle in New York capture motions of his “Soundsuits”. Colorful “figures on the wall are depicted leaping and twirling in mosaic Soundsuits”—Cave’s full body costumes that make noise when they move. “ It’s almost like looking at a film strip,” Cave said. “As you’re moving down that from left to right, you see it in motion.” MTA New York, 42nd St Subway Connector. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/06/arts/design/nick-cave-42nd-street-subway.html Permanent installation , Every one,
Photographs that Jeffrey Henson Scales took as a teenager, as he was photographed the Black Panther Party are exhibited In A Time of Panthers; The Lost Negatives "As a young activist, I learned how important it is to have a concrete mission to help improve the community you’re speaking for. It’s not just about slogans and protests. It’s also about improving communities and serving underserved people in those communities…I’ve just sort of been recently thinking about what I learned and where it all fits 50 years later."
Claire Oliver Gallery, 2288 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, New York, NY 10030. Runs through November 6, 2021.
This year’s edition of 1-54 London will feature work from 48 leading international galleries from 23 countries across Europe, Africa and North America. Among the exhibitors this year are 20 galleries from Africa, a record number of galleries from the continent, and of the 48 exhibitors, 14 galleries will be welcomed to the London fair for the first time. Somerset House Strand, London WC2R 1LA, United Kingdom The art fair runs October 14-17, 2021
Congo Biennale, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Congo Biennale will be hosted at the Kin ArtStudio (KAS) is an independent, non-profit arts organization based in Kinshasa that promotes creation in the field of visual arts and other forms of contemporary expression. More than 40 artists, designers, architects, art historians, curators, art critics and others from 5 continents have been invited to participate in the cosmopolitan city of Kinshasa. 372 Avenue Colonel Mondjiba, Quartier Basoko Commune de Ngaliema, Kinshasa, DR Congo. The biennale runs through October 24, 2021.
Zéh Palito, Untouchable Negritude, Torino, Italy
Untouchable Negritude brings together works that represent Blackness through the gaze of Zéh Palito, who lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Full of nuance, Palito's work reveals life aspects of the contemporary African diaspora by painting figures that exude satisfaction and self-confidence. Largo Montebello, 40, 10124 Torino TO, Italy. The exhibition runs through November 16, 2021.
Carlos Bunga, Mind awake, body asleep, Vienna, Austria
As Carlos Bunga sees it, life and art play out in the unpredictable in-between. Mind awake, body asleep at the Secession, Bunga examines the mysteries of the relationship between body and mind, which become especially manifest when we sleep. Bunga lives and works near Barcelona, Spain. Exhibit presented by Association of Visual Artists, Vienna Secession Friedrichstra ße 12, 1010 Vienna, Austria. The exhibition runs through November 21, 2021.
This is Not Africa - Unlearn What You Have Learned, Aarhus, Denmark
This is Not Africa - Unlearn What You Have Learned, a highly topical exhibition featuring a number of leading contemporary artists and comprising about 25 works. It presents artworks including a new work for the museum façade, site-specific installations, video works, sculptures, paintings and photos as well as a performance program. ARoS Asrhus Art Museum, Aros Allé 2 8000 Aarhus C Denmark. The exhibition runs through October 24, 2021.