Art Fix Friday: April 1, 2022

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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.

Anonymous Was a Woman (AWA) announces a new grant program that will distribute $250,000 for environmental projects led by women-identifying artists.

A white book cover is laid out like the cover of a newspaper, with the title ("Disaster Diary") in traditional print at the top, in bright pink. Below it is a header and four-columns of text in black, also arranged like a newspaper.
The cover of Disaster Diary: August 2019–December 2020, Jeanne Silverthorne and Susan Unterberg’s collaborative visual response to climate change

The AWA Environmental Art Grants grew out of AWA founder Susan Unterberg’s work with Jeanne Silverthorne, a past AWA grant recipient, on the artist book Disaster Diary, about climate change. The call for proposals seeks projects that “inspire thought, action, and ethical engagement.…[and] aim to engage an environmental issue at some scale.” Applications are open April 12–June 14.

Front-Page Femmes:

Mira Calix, electronic musician and sound artist, has died at age 51.

Hungarian artist Andrea Éva Győri, known for her works exploring themes of sexuality and strength, has died at age 37.

Artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña has been selected for Tate Modern’s annual Turbine Hall Commission.

Artist Camille Turner has won the Artist Prize at the Toronto Biennial of Art, where her video installation reflects on Canada’s underknown historical involvement with the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

A monumental mural by Nina Chanel Abney kicks off a new, $5 million public art initiative that will bring major commissions by world-class contemporary artists to downtown Miami.

Wangechi Mutu’s sculptures will launch the Storm King Art Center’s 2022 season in May, including new commissioned works.

Artnet interviews U.K. Venice Biennale pavilion artist Sonia Boyce, who is the first Black woman artist to represent the country, and Yuki Kihara, who will represent Sāmoa as the first artist to identify as fa’afafine, the country’s recognized third gender.

The New Yorker publishes the hidden-face portraits of Zapotec photographer Luvia Lazo, who uses the series to process grief.

A color photograph features an Indigenous woman standing with her back to the camera in front of a bright orange wall. Its top half is in a shadow, and the bottom is in the sun. The woman holds a large bouquet of lush, yellow flowers and a light-tan woven basket. She wears a long, plaid skirt and a patterned shawl in grey. She looks slightly to the left, so that we see only her cheek and ear.
Luvia Lazo, Rafaela on the Day of the Dead; Photo courtesy of the New Yorker

The Guardian publishes Maggie Shannon’s series of photographs documenting women giving birth during the pandemic.

Hyperallergic profiles chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, whose Phoenix café is a hub for food, art, and activism.

Afghan artist Shamayel Shalizi features on the Art Angle podcast in a conversation about artists in exile.

A new study from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative reveals that women are underrepresented in the music industry, particularly in the fields of songwriting, producing, and engineering.

Artnet rounds up 10 essential new books on women artists, including Artemisia Gentileschi and Niki de Saint Phalle.

Shows We Want to See:

At the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, Marcia Resnick: As It Is or Could Be presents the first-ever institutional survey of the renegade photographer. The 83 pieces on view range from conceptual works to photographs of prominent artists and celebrities, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kathy Acker, Allen Ginsberg, and John Belushi. ARTnews recently profiled the artist and the show. On view through June 5, 2022.

A black and white horizontal photograph shows a light-skinned woman's upside down head. It begins at her eyes, at the top, which are closed and covered with one jack over each eye. Her hair fans out around her head, taking up the entire frame in the rest of the photograph.
Marcia Resnick, They were continually telling her that she had stars in her eyes, from the series “Revisions,” 1978; Gelatin silver print; Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

At the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse spotlights the southern landscape through its musical heritage, spiritual complexity, and regional swagger. The exhibition features sculpture, paintings, works on paper, assemblage, textiles, and music as well as ephemera from music culture. Featured visual artists include Beverly Buchanan, Alma Thomas, Kara Walker, Minnie Evans, and more. On view through July 25, 2022.

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