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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 [...]

Deborah Willis and Lorna Simpson in conversation at Brooklyn Museum

(Look at these gorgeous women! Okay, and brilliant, too. Alright, New Yorkers—make sure this event sells out!)
Thursday, March 10, 2011
7 p.m.

Brooklyn Museum
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Join Lorna Simpson, artist and photographer, and Deborah “Deb” Willis, MacArthur Fellow and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts [...]

Lorna Simpson @ Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn-Based Artist and Photographer Lorna Simpson to Have Solo Exhibition at Brooklyn Museum
Opening Reception Thursday, January 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Lorna Simpson: Gathered presents photographic and other works that explore the artist’s interest in the interplay between fact and fiction, identity, and history. Through works that incorporate hundreds of original and found vintage photographs of [...]

The Church of What’s Happening Now: New Art, New Artists

Interesting article about black artists

(thanks, Deb & Tuka!)
RACE ISSUE A TWO-EDGED SWORD FOR BLACK CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS
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 [...]

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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
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    • 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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