Latest news in black art: New university dates at Tufts, Temple and Rutgers, 20,000 black memorabilia to be auctioned at Venice Biennale and more

Latest News in Black Art features news and developments in the world of art and related culture

From left, Jova Lynne begins at Temple Contemporary at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture on January 31st. | Photo by Clare Gotto; Margaret Vendryes will officially join Tufts University in June. | Photo courtesy of Margaret Vendryes


Margaret Vendryes was appointed dean School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She transfers from York College to the City University of New York (CUNY), where she is a professor, director of the Fine Arts Gallery and chair of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts. As an educator, art historian, artist and curator, Vendryes is the author of Barthé: A Life in Sculpture, a seminal biography of Richmond Barthé. She officially starts at Tufts in June. | More

Named the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University Jova Lynne director of contemporary temple, Tyler’s Center for Exhibitions and Public Programs. As a curator, educator, and artist, Lynne previously served as senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Her Tyler appointment is effective January 31. | More

Express Newark, a center for socially engaged arts and design at Rutgers University-Newark hosting this year’s Black Portraiture[s] Conference (February 17-19), new leadership announced. Salamishah Tillet was appointed Executive Director of Express Newark and Nick Klin will serve as creative director. Tillet is the Henry Rutgers Professor of African American and African Studies and Creative Writing at Rutgers University and the founding director of New Arts Justice, an initiative for black feminist approaches to public arts in Newark and beyond. Kline is an artist; Associate Professor of Photography at Rutgers in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media; and Founder/Director of Shine Portrait Studio in Newark, housed in the same premises where James Van Der Zee held his first job as a photographer. | More

art fairs

Several galleries are presenting solo exhibitions by women artists at Frieze Los Angeles (February 17-20), including Ortuzar Projects, which will feature works by artists from Savannah, Georgia Suzanne Jackson, Founder of Gallery 32 in Los Angeles (1968-70). | More

Elizabeth Meaders has collected approximately 20,000 African American historical and cultural objects over the past six decades. According to Guernsey, scholars say the collection is not being matched by public or private holdings. | About Guernsey


Guernsey’s in New York is auctioning the Black Memorabilia Collection of Elizabeth Mader on February 28th. Meaders, a 90-year-old resident of Staten Island, NY, has acquired approximately 20,000 African American cultural and historical objects over the years. As a young teacher, she began building up the archive in 1960. Many media outlets and prominent figures are represented across a range of categories, from slavery and civil rights to sports and the military to arts and entertainment. According to Guernsey, scholars and historians have praised the depth of the collection and the many stories it tells and the knowledge it unveils. The extensive collection is being offered as one lot in the hope that it might go to a university or museum. | More


Ghana announced its exhibition plans for the 59th Venice Biennale. The presentation, entitled Black Star: The Museum as Freedom, features works by three artists:Na Chainkua Reindorf, Afroskop and Diego Arauja. The pavilion is curated by Nana Oforiatta Ayim, Director of the ANO Institute of Arts & Knowledge in Accra and Director General of Ghana’s Museums and Heritage designed by an architect DK Osseo Asare. The exhibition runs from April 23rd to November 11th at the Ghana Pavilion. 27th, 2022. | More

bargain book

“Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South” through Winfried Rembert is currently available for $15, half the regular price. Rembert died at home in New Haven, Conn. on March 31, 2021 at the age of 75. The critically acclaimed book, published posthumously in September, features illustrations, was co-authored with Erin I. Kelly, and includes a foreword by Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. | Amazon

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