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Art Fix Friday: June 18, 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.

In honor of Juneteenth, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture hosts a series of celebratory and educational virtual events.

A vintage, black-and-white photo of a group of dark-skinned African American men standing in a wooded area. They are dressed in top hats, suit jackets, and slacks. Most all hold an instrument, including guitars, a cello, violin, and flute. Behind them an American flag is hanging off of a tree.
Grace Murray Stephenson, Band at the Juneteenth Celebration in Eastwoods Park, 1900; Courtesy of the Austin History Center

Tomorrow, June 19, viewers can tune in to hear porch stories from internationally recognized performer Jan Blake; attend a roundtable discussion, which includes Pulitzer-prize winner Annette Gordon-Reed, on the day’s significance; meet rising star musician Amythyst Kiah; and more. All programs are free and available online.

Front-Page Femmes

Amy Sherald’s portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama embarks on a year-long tour of museums in Chicago, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Houston. Sherald recently met up with painter Calida Rawles and author Ta-Nehisi Coates to talk about artmaking.

For their new Male Graze project, the Guerilla Girls invite the British public to submit statistics of female nudes versus female artists in local museums.

Artists Lorraine O’Grady and Andrea Fraser discuss the importance of art world activism and the limits of institutional critique

Hyperallergic draws from Linda Nochlin’s famed essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” in a new op-ed on the futility of temporary all-women exhibitions.

The Guardian interviews writer Emily Rapp Black about her new memoir, Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg, which details how the work of the Mexican artist helped the author develop a better relationship with her body.

Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings is now open at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia. It is the first survey of af Klint’s work to be shown in the Asia-Pacific region.

An abstract painting featuring three background squares in red, purple, and grey. Arop a large white circle is painted, with two more concentric smaller circles painted inside of that, forming a heart shape. Below is a color swatch of rainbow colors.
Hilma af Klint, Dove No. 2, 1915; Oil on canvas; Courtesy of the Hilma af Klint Foundation, Stockholm

In her new book Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest, released this week, curator Laura Raicovich scrutinizes how art museums uphold conservative, capitalist values. ARTnews and Hyperallergic interviewed Raicovich.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, announces a building relocation that will triple its gallery space.  

For the New York Times, writer Jenna Wortham profiles director Janicza Bravo ahead of the release of her newest film Zola.

For Cultured, artist Jennifer Packer and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist discuss the meanings and methods of painting.

Marin Alsop, the first and only woman to direct a major American orchestra, shares her achievements and frustrations as she steps down as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Raphaela Platow has been named director of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sculptor Phyllida Barlow has been given a damehood by the Queen of England.

Shows We Want to See

At the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in New York, CHOSEN explores the intimate bonds of queer chosen families. Comprising photos by eight femme-identified and non-binary artists of color—Myles Loftin, Coyote Park, Clifford Price King, Groana Melendez, Golden, Alexis Ruiseco-Lombero, Mengwen Cao, and Ka-Man Tse—the exhibition divulges moments of romance, teaching, kinship, and care-giving. On view through August 1.

Two dark-skinned people stand in front of a garage door that is open slightly toward the bottom, revealing darkness. One is dressed all black, a tennis skirt, bike shorts, and long sleeve shirt, a du-rag and red and white beaded braids. The other person is dressed in white and khaki pants and a tank top, a white du rag, and holds a tennis racket above their head.
Golden, I remembered Champion meant give it to the sky, 2021; Photograph; © Golden; Courtesy of the artist

Curated by Jasmine Wahi, the group exhibition Born in Flames at the Bronx Museum of the Arts convenes 14 women and non-binary artists to envision alternative feminist realities. The show is a constellation of “entire worlds that respond to wounds inflicted by both capitalism and patriarchy,” Hyperallergic wrote. On view through September 21.

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