Category Archives: Race

Stellenbosch, South Africa

At the Stellenbosch Triennale, an exhibition of art that happens every three years, the current exhibition of work by Pan-Africanist artists re-creates the colonial and apartheid-era city of Stellenbosch in an attempt to see how art can make change and bring healing.

“It’s beautifully audacious,” [the slam poet Adrian “Diff” van Wyk] said. “This place just needs disruption, constant disruption.”

Read more in this review by Siddhartha Mitter from The New York Times.

The curator Bernard Akoi-Jackson photographing Ibrahim Mahama’s elongated and stylized coffins made from local timber. The Ghanian artist finds new meaning in commonplace materials around him.Credit…Kent Andreasen for The New York Times

Reception of African-American artists

This is a fascinating article and series of short videos about how American museums are now collecting work by 20th- and 21st-c. African-American artists.

A quote from the article: “There was a joke for a long time that if you went into a museum, you’d think America had only two black artists — Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden — and even then, you wouldn’t see very much,” said Lowery Stokes Sims, the first African-American curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and later the president of the Studio Museum in Harlem. “I think there is a sea change finally happening. It’s not happening everywhere, and there’s still a long way to go, but there’s momentum.”

Randy Kennedy, “Black Artists and the March into the Museum, New York Times, 11/28/15.

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“Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe”

“Adoration of the Kings.” Girolamo da Santacroce, circa 1525–30 , oil on panel, 67.7 x 81.2 cm. Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902.
The Walters Art Museum


If you’re near Baltimore, this is an important exhibit to see at the Waalters Art Museum, and here is a review by Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, October 25, 2012.

“Head of an African Man Wearing a Turban,” Peter Paul Rubens, circa 1609, oil on paper, laid down on panel, 54 x 39 cm,
Private collection, courtesy of Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd., London