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Save the Date: 30 Americans at the Corcoran Gallery

This fall, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design will open 30 Americans, a wide-ranging survey exhibition of works by many of the most important African-American contemporary artists of the last three decades.  By bringing seminal artistic figures together with younger and emerging artists, the exhibition explores artistic influence across generations and sheds light [...]

Save the date – road trip!

SITE Santa Fe Eighth International Biennial
The Dissolve
June 20, 2010 – January 2, 2011
SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Please note that the opening weekend panel on Saturday, June 19th includes:  Robert Storr (moderating), David Adjaye, Paul Chan, Mary Reid Kelley, Kara Walker and of course Daniel Belasco and I. Bill T. Jones [...]

Interesting article about black artists

(thanks, Deb & Tuka!)
By Blake Gopnik, Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, January 24, 2010
They are called “knowledge cards” — a glossy picture on the front of each, some factoids to explain it on the back — and museums sell them in packs of 48, on all kinds of [...]

I’m drooling–updated with awful news

This was within the comment posted today to this post—I can’t believe it:
Peggy Cooper Cafritz’s mansion, on the 3000 block of Chain Bridge Road NW, was consumed last night by a massive fire, destroying much of her magnificent art collection. She was away in Nantucket at the time; neighbors rescued her pets. And, yet again, [...]


Last month lots of blogs published the series of photographs from Glamour magazine of celebrities and models reenacting famous photographs of famous women, but further on in the issue was a feature entitled “What Does Glamour Mean To You?,” a question the magazine posed to a group of contemporary artists, who included:
Nina Chanel Abney,

Mickalene Thomas,

Lorna [...]

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  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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    • Taking a Break November 11, 2011
      Site visitors will probably notice that I haven’t updated here frequently. I am taking a break from my site(s) for at least the summer. I’ve been working in this field for 25 years and I’m burned out on photography and art, the site(s) are in need of major updates/ revamping/ retooling, social media is exhausting, [...] […]
    • A New Mission for Aperture? November 11, 2011
    • Mambu Badu’s Inaugural Magazine November 11, 2011
      Danielle was briefly a contributor to this site; I am very excited to hear about her latest venture, the collective and now journal Mambu Badu “that seek to find, expose, and nurture emerging female photographers of African descent.”  Congrats, Danielle! As you may (or may not) know, last fall, I co-founded Mambu Badu, a photography collective […]

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