Latest News in Black Art: New University Appointments at Tufts, Temple, and Rutgers, 20k Black Memorabilia Objects Headed to Auction, Ghana at Venice Biennale & More

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From left, Jufa Lynn begins in Contemporary Temple at Tyler School of Art and Architecture Jan. 31. | Photography by Claire Gutto; Margaret Vendres officially joins Tufts University in June. | Photo courtesy Margaret Vendres


Margaret Vendress She was appointed Dean of the College of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She joins Tufts from York College at the City University of New York (CUNY), where she is Professor and Director of Fine Art Gallery and Chair of the Department of Dramatic and Fine Art. Educator, art historian, artist and curator, and author of Barthé: A Life in Sculpture, a historical biography of Richmond Barthé. I officially started at Tufts in June. | more

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University is named after Juva Lin Director of Temple Contemporary, Tyler Center for Exhibitions and Public Programs. Lynn, a curator, educator, and artist, previously worked as a senior curator at the Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD). Her appointment with Tyler is valid on January 31st More

Express Newark, a center for socially engaged art and design at Rutgers University-Newark that is hosting Black Portraiture this year[s] Conference (17-19 February), announced a new leadership. Salamshe Tillit He was appointed CEO of Express Newark, and Nick Klein He will act as the creative director. Tillet is the Henry Rutgers Professor of African and African American Studies and Creative Writing at Rutgers University and the founding director of New Arts Justice, an initiative for black feminist approaches to public art in Newark and beyond. Klein is an artist. Associate Professor of Photography at Rutgers University in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media; and founder/director of Shine Portrait Studio in Newark, located in the same location where James Van Der Zee held his first photographic job. | more

Art exhibition

Several galleries offer solo exhibitions of female artists in Frieze Los Angeles (February 17-20), including Ortuzar Projects where artist Savannah, Ga. works. Susan Jackson Founder of Gallery 32 in Los Angeles (1968-70), to be exhibited. | more

Elizabeth Meeders has collected nearly 20,000 African American historical and cultural artifacts over the past six decades. According to Guernsey, scholars say the collection is unparalleled by public or private holdings. | via Guernsey


Guernsey’s in New York sells a collection of Black memorabilia from Elizabeth Meders On February 28. Meaders, 90, of Staten Island, New York, has acquired about 20,000 African American cultural and historical artifacts over the years. She began compiling archives in 1960 when she was a young teacher. Many mediums and notables are represented across a range of categories, from slavery and civil rights to sports, the military, arts and entertainment. According to Guernsey, scholars and historians have praised the collection’s depth, the many stories it tells, and the knowledge it reveals. The extensive collection is presented as a single piece in the hope that it will go to a university or museum. | more


Ghana has announced its plans for exhibitions for the 59th Venice Biennale. Entitled “Black Star: The Museum as Freedom”, the prep will feature works by three artists –Na Chengqua Rendorf, Afroscope And Diego Arauga. sponsored suite Nana Avoriata Ayim, Director of the ANO Institute of Art and Knowledge in Accra and Director General of Museums and Cultural Heritage in Ghana, and designed by the architect DK Osseo Asare. The exhibition will be held at the Ghana Pavilion from April 23 to November. 27, 2022. | more

bargain book

Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir by Jim Crow South, by Winfred Rembert Currently available for $15, half the regular price. Rembert died on March 31, 2021, at his home in New Haven, Connecticut, at the age of 75. The artist painted and sculpted vivid scenes of leather that reflect his life experiences, which he also wrote of “My Chasing To My Tomb”. The critically acclaimed book was published posthumously in September, includes illustrations, co-authored with Erin I. Kelly, and features an introduction by Brian Stephenson, founder and CEO of the Equal Justice Initiative. | Amazon

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