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Stargazers at Bronx Museum

As NY1 continues its celebration of black art during Black History Month, we turn our attention to the work of a 95-year-old artist who continues to fight for justice and honor. NY1’s Dean Meminger filed the following report.
Follow the link here for a video with Xaviera Simmons, Elizabeth Catlett, etc.
Go here to the exhibition page [...]

Venus 2010 @ NYU: Symposium (updated)

Venus 2010
March 27, 2010
New York University
721 Broadway, Riese Lounge

9:30 – Welcome
Deb Willis, Manthia Diawara
9:45 – Keynote: Elizabeth Alexander
10:15 –11:15: Sarah Baartman in Context
Presenters: Charmaine Nelson, Zine Magubane, and Carole Boyce Davies.
Moderator: Cheryl Finley
11:45-12:45: Sarah Baartman’s Legacy in Art and Art History
Presenters: Lisa Gail Collins, Cheryl Finley and Fo Wilson.

1:00 – 2:00: break, book signing
2:00-3:30: The [...]

Double Exposure in Daytona Beach

Double Exposure
African Americans Before and Behind the Camera
January 23 – May 30, 2010
“The visual dialogue created by this exhibition links past, present, and future generations of African American artists. This dialogue seeks to help viewers explore the universal nature of memory and photographic representation in relation to their own personal histories.” – Lisa Henry
Saturday January [...]

Undercover: Performing and Transforming Black Female Identities

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is the only museum in the nation that emphasizes works by and about women of the African Diaspora.
NOW ON VIEW THROUGH DECEMBER 5, 2009
Undercover: Performing and Transforming Black Female Identities, on view now through December 5, 2009, is an original exhibition organized by the Spelman College Museum of [...]

Posing Beauty @ NYU

**Media are invited to the opening reception and book signing on October 8, 2009 from 6-8 p.m.**
NYU Photography & Imaging Department Announces The Opening of
Posing Beauty
Exhibition Dates: September 1st, 2009 through October 18th, 2009
The exhibition will be on view in the Gulf + Western Gallery and in the 8th floor gallery of the [...]

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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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      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, [...] […]
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