We noticed recently that quite a few artists we’ve worked with—from Create Change alumni to special edition print artists—are currently exhibiting work in museum and gallery shows across NYC and beyond. We’ve compiled a short list of some of these exhibitions (drop us a line if we’ve missed any)!
LIVE and IN COLOR (solo exhibition)
Jack Tilton Gallery
8 East 76 Street New York, NY 10021
Through Oct 18
A collection of faceted wood sculpture and large-scale mixed media collage, LIVE and IN COLOR captures the bold character-dramatizations of black figures in entertainment. Exaggerated gestures and body language, interlaced with hard-edged blocks of color and patterns, provide the subject with heightened emotion and theatrical presence. Specifically, LIVE and IN COLOR speaks to the colorful, larger than life personalities of people of color as historically portrayed to the general public on national TV, and the exaggeration of their psychological attributes and mannerisms in popular culture. Read more.
Read our interview with Derrick here.
Through Nov. 19
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Wooster Street Window Gallery (26 Wooster St., New York)
Queer Art Mentorship presents an exhibition of eight large scale photos by Seyi Adebanjo, artist, activist, QAM fellow, and 2014 Create Change Fellow. Selected from a series of photographic and video works that document Black trans community rallies, their empathic eye bears witness to people as they collectively grieve, give each other strength, and voice outrage at, “Cops, court, racism, jail, transphobia, prison, neighborhood violence, policing, classism and profiling. The level of criminalization and violence we deal with at the intersection of our Black trans lives reveals the need for healing and justice in our communities.” (Quote from Sasha Alexander, founder of Black Trans Media)
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY, 11238
Oct 3, 2014–Jan 4, 2015
Reflecting the rich creative diversity of Brooklyn, Crossing Brooklyn presents work by thirty-five Brooklyn-based artists or collectives. The exhibition and related programming take place in the galleries and on the grounds of the Museum, as well as off-site in the streets, waterways, and other public spaces of the borough. Emphasizing artistic practices that engage with the world, the exhibition includes artists who aim to expand their focus and have an impact beyond the studio and the museum. Read more.
Watch a video with Aisha and learn about Mapping Soulville, her 2013 residency project.
Read our interview with Aisha here.
EmergeNEXT: Windows on Market (Gallery Aferro & Aljira Center collaboration)
77 Market Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Oct 10 – Dec 13, 2014
Opening Reception October 10, 2014, 7-10 PM
EmergeNEXT: Windows on Market is a collaborative series developed with Aljira, Center for Contemporary Art and Gallery Aferro’s Activate: Market Street program. Previous Fellows from Aljira’s Emerge Program are chosen by a guest curator to develop new work that activate the unique private / public storefront window spaces on Market Street. Each artist is encouraged to explore the idea of INSIDE OUT | OUTSIDE IN or propose something altogether new. Guest curator Jaishri Abichandani is working with artist Mary Valverde for one window, while guest curator Kalia Brooks is working with artist Jayson Keeling for another. Read more.
Read our interview with Jayson here.
Rush Arts Gallery
526 W 26th St, Suite 311, New York, NY 10001
Opening October 2, 2014, 6–8 PM
Through October 31st
This exhibition, curated by Rashaad Newsome, brings together video, photograph, and collage by three artists who urge us to consider new ways to understand our complex social worlds: Doreen Garner, Kenya Robinson, and Dana Degiulio. In GIRL BYE!, Kenya remixes narratives of power as it relates to race, class, and marginalization.
Read our interview with Kenya here.
Question Bridge: Black Males (collaborative transmedia project)
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037
Through Jan 3, 2015
Question Bridge: Black Males is a platform for black men of all ages and backgrounds to ask and candidly respond to questions that are rarely discussed in public. To connect with a wide audience, the project takes on many forms; an art installation, educational curriculum, community engagement program, and interactive digital experience.
Bayeté, along with his co-collaborators Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, and Kamal Sinclair, traveled the country, collecting over 1,500 question-and-answer videos from over 150 men, and created a video installation that serves as a portal into an inner realm of black male consciousness. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier, and has been exhibited at more than 30 museums, festivals, conferences, and cultural institutions worldwide. Read more.
Learn about Got the Power, Bayeté’s 2013 residency project.
Disaster Fatigue (solo exhibition)
Mixed Greens Gallery
531 W 26th St, First Floor, New York, NY 10001
Through Oct 11
Disaster Fatigue consists of paintings, drawings, video, and ceramics that address media saturation and the politics of representation. In Disaster Fatigue, a small series of cult leaders hangs quietly, reminding the viewer of other people who’ve searched for change, with often tragic results. Read more.
Read our interview with Rudy here.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
465 Huntington Avenue Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Aug 23, 2014 – Mar 1, 2015
For the past decade, Shinique has been internationally admired for her exuberant paintings, sculpture, and large-scale installations. Whether in graffiti, calligraphy, and vibrant sweeping strokes on canvas; patterned clothing densely clustered or hung as human forms; or even full-body impressions pressed in ink against walls, her works reflect intersecting forces—of personal history, influence, and energy. “Shinique Smith: BRIGHT MATTER” surveys 30 key works from the past decade while debuting more than a dozen new pieces, including painting, sculpture, full-room installation, video, and performance. Read more.
Shinique was a Create Change Artist-in-Residence in 2006, the very first year of the program. Learn about her residency project here.
Are there other current or upcoming artists’ exhibitions we should know about? Please let us know!