Latest Dark Art News: Huey P. Newton Sculpture Unveiled, Charisse Pearlina Weston Wins 2021 Burke Prize, DuSable Museum Names Danny Dunson Chief Curator, and more

The latest news in Black Art presents updates and developments in the world of art and related culture

Fredrika Newton, widow of Huey P. Newton, with a bronze sculpture of the co-founder of Black Panther. Oakland Artist Dana King Bust Unveiled October 24 in Oakland, California | Screenshot of AP video

Public art

The Black Panther Party celebrated its 55th anniversary with the unveiling of a new bronze sculpture by Huey P. Newton on Dr. Huey P. Newton Way and Mandela Parkway in Oakland, California. The site is near where Panther’s co-founder was assassinated in 1989. The October 24 event was hosted by the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation. Produced by Oakland Artist Dana king, the sculpture is the city’s first permanent public work of art dedicated to the Panthers. | Associated Press

“You Belong Here / We Belong Here”, two neon works by Tavares Strachan are located outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. | Bloomberg CityLab


Illustrator of children’s books Jerry pinkney died on October 20. He was 81 years old and lived in Croton-on-Hudson, NY Over his six-decade career, Pinkney has worked on over 100 children’s and teenage books focusing on black characters and themes, sometimes writing the text too. Among many accolades, he won a Caldecott Award and several Coretta Scott King Awards. | New York Times

CHARISSE PEARLINA WATSON, “I Am Moored Along the Soft Unit of Impatient Ruin,” 2021 (etched bent glass with text, 30 × 20 × 10 inches. 76.2 × 50.8 × 25.4 cm) . | © Charisse Pearlina Weston. Courtesy of the artist

Prizes and distinctions

Charisse Pearlina Weston won the 2021 Burke Award from the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York. The $ 50,000 prize recognizes an artist 45 years of age or younger for their work with glass, fiber, clay, metal or wood. In her artist statement, Weston, born in Houston, TX to Brooklyn, NY, said: “I use glass to conceptually embody both the everyday risk of anti-black violence and the precocity and malleability of darkness in the face of that violence. . My formal explorations of glass theorize the envelopes and delicate superimpositions of the material as a constitutive terrain of interiors and exteriors which articulate the complexities of black intimacies and their refusal, at times, to be revealed. Presenting the works of the 16 finalists, the exhibition “Story Makers: Burke Prize 2021” is visible at MAD until March 20, 2022.

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery has announced 42 finalists for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, including seven shortlisted artists, from which the first place winner will be selected on April 29, 2022. Stuart robinson made the shortlist. The finalists include Holly Bass, Adama Delphine Fawundu, and Paul Mpagi Sepuya. The works of all finalists will be featured in “The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today,” a major exhibition at the museum in Washington, DC, from April 30, 2022 to February 26, 2023. | See the full list of finalists


The DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago named Danny dunson (right) director of conservation services. Art historian, artist and collector advisor, curator and writer, Dunson is the founder of Legacy Brothers, a residency program offering grants and advice to emerging artists with connections to Instagram.

Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, announced four new appointments of commissioners, including Alisa Swindell, associate curator of photography, and Alexandra M. Thomas, who is the 2021-2023 Curatorial Research Associate in African Art. Thomas joins Hood from the Yale University Art Gallery where she has worked since 2018, while completing a PhD at Yale in African American Studies and Art History. Swindell was previously a curatorial research associate at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University.

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., announced four new appointments, including Ayanna Bledsoe, director of inclusion and belonging. She joined the Purdue University Museum in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she served as Assistant Director of Faculty Development in the Office of Multicultural Programs. Bledsoe has also held student and academic affairs positions at Oregon State University and San Jose State University.

IMAGE: Top right, Danny Dunson welcomes visitors to new exhibits at the Dusable Museum of African American History in Chicago. | via Facebook

Art fairs

The latest edition of the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London hosted a record number of Africa-based art galleries, 20 out of 47. The in-person fair was held at Somerset House (October 14-17). The event continue online until October 31. | The arts journal

Tate acquired several new works for his collection through the Frieze Tate Fund, with £ 150,000 provided by Endeavor. Four works by the Nigerian painter Obiora udechukwu and 15 photographs of London René Matic, were among the works selected in the galleries exhibiting at Frieze London.

From left to right, self-portrait of Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Wallpaper magazine, September 2021; Glenn Ligon, The Greats, T: The New York Times Style Magazine (print edition October 17, 2021). | Photo of Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont


New York artist Glenn Ligon is among the Greats of 2021. T: The New York Times Style Magazine has recognized the artist, along with playwright Lynn Nottage, fashion designer Anna Sui and actress Juliette Binoche, as personalities who “helped create and change the culture ”. Ligon’s cover portrait was taken by fellow artists Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont. | Magazine T

A self-portrait of Paul Mpagi Sepuya covers the September 2021 edition of Wallpaper magazine. The limited edition cover went to subscribers and was accompanied by an element in which the Los Angeles-based artist “presents a portfolio of intimate portraits that elevates studio staples – tripods and backgrounds – into objects of intrigue, and speaks to writer Aindrea Emelife about the mechanics of photography, from darkness and processes of representation “.


TO New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Drama is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor in Theater Studies, tenure track position, specializing in African American Theater, for the 2022-2023 academic year. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2021. | More information

The Department of Art and Art History of University of California Davis is calling for applications for two artist-teachers in residence at California Studio. Manetti Shrem artist residencies are for nominations in fall 2022 or spring 2023. Applications due by November 5, 2021. | More information

The agenda of opportunities announced an open call for a new Culture and Narrative 2022 Fellowship, a six-month opportunity for five artists or cultural strategists “to reinvent conversations about the economic status quo while helping to advance a visionary narrative of economic justice.” Each fellow receives $ 15,000 to help with the project, as well as expert support and professional relations. The deadline for applications is November 10, 2021. | More information

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