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Art Fix Friday: February 26, 2021

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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.

At the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, a new exhibition, opening April 7, will reflect on the life of Breonna Taylor, her killing in 2020, and the year of protests that followed. Promise, Witness, Remembrance is guest-curated by Allison Glenn, who engaged two advisory groups—a local committee of Louisville community members, artists, and activists; and a national group of artists and activists including Amy Sherald and Theaster Gates—to establish the curatorial framework.

A medium-skinned woman with long, brown spiral curl hair stares at the camera with her hands on her hips. She wears a black shirt and a silver statement necklace.
Promise, Witness, Remembrance guest curator Allison Glenn; Photo courtesy of the Speed Art Museum

Details about the show are forthcoming. Speed Director Stephen Reily said, “A museum like ours should never live in isolation from what’s going on in the city… because we believe that great art and artists can help the city, we were hungry…to find a way to address it.”

Front-Page Femmes

Frieze has awarded Precious Okoyomon, artist, poet, and chef, the 2021 Frieze Artist Award; the artist will create a new commission at this year’s fair in New York.

The New York Times interviews Lorraine O’Grady on the cusp of her first major retrospective, Both/And, opening next month at the Brooklyn Museum.

Artnet interviews art historian Bridget R. Cooks about how structural change in museums can bring more equity to African diaspora art and artists.

For Vogue’s March 2021 issue, Daughters of the Dust (1991) filmmaker Julie Dash cast musical duo Chloe x Halle in a Nigerian folktale.

Monday’s Google Doodle honored Zitkala-Ša, a Native American musician, writer, and activist on her 145th birthday.

A Google Doodle featuring a charcoal sketch of a Native American Woman with long straight hair staring at the viewer; colorful illustrations of a violin, red birds, teepees, and a sun frame the words "Google" drawn in geometric black and green.
Native American artist Chris Pappan’s Google Doodle of Zitkala-Ša

Artnet examines the work of Gee’s Bend quilter Lola Pettway, who practices in “a centuries-long continuum of honor and tradition.”

The New Republic explores the history of New York City’s famed Barbizon Hotel, known for serving Joan Didion, Sylvia Plath, Betsey Johnson, and other women creatives; it is the subject of a forthcoming book by Paulina Bren.

ARTnews interviews curators Rita Gonzalez (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and Mari Carmen Ramirez (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) about issues facing museum curators during the pandemic, the importance of Latinx art, and more.

Hyperallergic reviews Ragna Bley’s “cerebral, swirling” abstract paintings, currently on view at Downs & Ross in New York City.

Shows We Want to See

At the Friends Indeed Gallery/Four One Nine in San Francisco, Jiab Prachakul: 14 Years presents a significant new body of work exploring the nuances of Asian diasporic representation through a series of intimate portraits. This is the first U.S. solo exhibition for the Thai artist, who approaches the complexity of identity and authenticity through figurative painting. On view through April 30. Artnet recently profiled the artist.

A figurative painting of a woman of Asian descent seated on a low chair with her legs crossed; she looks confidently at the camera from behind stylish sunglasses that sit low on her nose. Behind her a male figure stands, though his head is cropped. He wears athletic-looking clothing and socks and sandals. An escalator is in the background behind them.
Jiab Prachakul, Stand-by (2020); Photo courtesy of Friends Indeed Gallery, San Francisco

At the Momentary, part of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, Sarah Cain: In Nature presents 10 colorful installations, including abstract works on canvas, functional floor paintings, sculpture, and a stained-glass window. The site-responsive exhibition was inspired by the raw state of the former factory building that the Momentary occupies. On view through May 30. Vogue recently profiled the artist, who will soon take over the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Atrium as it undergoes a major renovation.

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