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Art Fix Friday: June 18, 2020

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A black-and-white photograph of a light-skinned adult woman holding a newspaper with news about World War II. She wears a coat and her short, curly hair is caught in the wind.

The New York Times profiles Faith Ringgold at age 89, looking back on her long career as a prolific artist/activist and the inspiration she finds in the current Black Lives Matter movement.

An older dark-skinned woman laughs with her eyes closed and head tilted back. She wears a colorful patterned tunic, a chunky beaded necklace, dangling blue and green earrings, thick glasses, and a blue headscarf that is knotted at the crown of her head.
Faith Ringgold; Photo by Meron Tekie Menghistab for the New York Times

“I’m not done yet, I’ve got so much more to do,” Ringgold told the Times. The artist has a number of upcoming commissions and shows; her celebrated retrospective will travel to Maryland’s Glenstone Museum in the coming months. Last night, Ringgold participated in a Q & A with Museum of Modern Art Curator Anne Umland; they discussed in detail Ringgold’s work Die (1967).

Front-Page Femmes

ZORA rounds up the 100 most iconic albums by African American women; the list is a follow-up to their list of the 100 greatest books written by African American women.

Westword features Jodie Herrera, whose intimate oil portraits of Indigenous, Latina, undocumented, and refugee women are founded in the stories of her subjects.

BmoreArt interviews Safiyah Cheatam: “[I use] creative writing and digital technologies to broadcast the voices of my community.”

Hyperallergic speaks to Tatiana Muñoz Brenes, curator at the Museum of Identity and Pride in Costa Rica, about her vision for the future of curatorial practice.

The New York Times shares the struggle and perseverance of Karen Abeita, Dyani White Hawk, Theresa Secord, Carly Tex, and Keri Ataumbi, among other Native American artists, as they grapple with the devastating impacts of COVID-19.

A woman stands on the side of a gravel road. She faces the camera with one hand in her pocket and looks into the distance as the wind blows her long black hair. A house stands in a field of dense shrubbery behind her; a wide blue sky with dramatic cloud stretches above her.
Keri Ataumbi, jeweler of Kiowa Nation, stands near her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Photo by Ramsay de Give for the New York Times

Minneapolis news station KARE11 highlights Kaytee Crawford, word artist and founder of Ahava Creative Co., as she encourages empowerment through illustrated words of Black leaders.

Harvard Magazine features playwright Katori Hall: “Storytelling creates a feeling of empathy, which to me can be the beginning of social change.”

Town & Country features Agnes Gund, the revolutionary “philactivist” founder of Art for Justice Fund.

Apollo Magazine recaps Dibujos por la Amazonía (Drawings for the Amazon), a COVID-19 relief effort to help indigenous Amazonian communities in Peru. Sandra Gamarra, Nancy La Rosa, Olinda Silvano, and Eliana Otta are among the artists who donated work to the project.

The podcast HerArt profiles painter Pan Yuliang, “one of the first female graduates of the Shanghai Art Academy.”

Hyperallergic interviews Kia LaBeija, performance and visual artist: “I believe in the power and importance of telling our own stories, through our own eyes.”

Shows We Want to See—Online Edition

David Kordansky Gallery presents Lauren Halsey, featuring the artist’s engraved gypsum panels that reveal the “hopes, dreams, concerns, and tragedies” of gentrification, racism, homophobia, and income disparities. Halsey is featured in a New York Times survey of artists’ practices during lockdown.

Square blocks of white marble create an open-ceilinged room in the middle of a gallery. The marble walls are inscribed with outlines of overlapping figures, objects, and animals, including Egyptian pyramids, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the bust of Nefertiti.
Lauren Halsey, The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project (Prototype Architecture), installation view (2018); Courtesy David Kordansky Gallery; Photo by Brian Forrest

From June 20 to 24, Goodman Gallery will stream ten of Shirin Neshat’s films online. The Art Newspaper features the upcoming program, which brings together some of the artist’s most influential video and performance works for the first time.

White Cube hosts I Thrive on Solitude, a survey of paintings exploring the themes of isolation, intimacy, and home by Tracey Emin. The Guardian highlights Emin’s life and career on the occasion of the exhibition opening.

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