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20 Fall Exhibitions & Art Shows To Explore

From Deana Lawson’s depictions of urban life to intricate sculptures by Henry Taylor, there's a plethora of work from Black artists to see this season.
Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917–2000) Street to Mbari, 1964 Tempera over graphite on wove paper National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Dyke 1993.18.1 Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917–2000) Street to Mbari, 1964 Tempera over graphite on wove paper National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Dyke 1993.18.1

Nearly everyone loves some form of art. The act of seeing a person create something from nothing is a beautiful sight to behold. Whether it’s a painter turning a blank canvas into a vibrant self-portrait, or a sculptor chipping down what was once a massive slab of clay into a statuesque depiction of Muhammad Ali, the viewer can always feel the passion and labor that went towards that particular piece or installation.

There are many places across the country where art is on display. Atlanta’s High Museum features a collection of more than 18,000 works, including an extensive anthology of 19th and 20th-century American fine and decorative arts, the The Met in New York presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world, and the MOCA is home to roughly 7,500 objects, and has a diverse history of ground-breaking, historically-significant exhibitions.

In addition to these notable galleries, there are dozens of other museums that highlight many of the talented Black artists that have existed throughout the years. Many of these establishments will showcase collections from creatives of color during the coming months, so it’s only right to let you know where to find them. Here are some of the can’t-miss fall exhibitions and art shows to check out this fall.

E. H. Duckworth, Moshood Olúṣọmọ Bámigbóyè Holding a Portrait Bust. Ìlọfà, Kwara State, Nigeria, ca. 1940. Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Courtesy of Hew Locke; Hales Gallery, London; and PPOW, New York
Untitled [Hooks’ School of Photography Students Reviewing Photographs] c. 1950 Hooks Brothers Studio Gelatin silver print 8 x 10 inches
Ibrahim El-Salahi, Pain Relief Drawing, 2018. Pen and ink on a paper envelope. 11 1⁄4 x 7 7⁄8 inches (28.6 x 20 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Vigo Gallery, London.
Deana Lawson (American, born 1979), Nation, 2018, pigment print and collaged photograph, courtesy of the artist; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. © Deana Lawson.
Frank Bowling, Middle Passage, 1970. Menil Collection, Houston. Image by Adam Neese. © Frank Bowling. All rights reserved, DACS, London & ARS, New York 2022.
John Akomfrah: Purple, 2017
Henry Taylor, Untitled, 2021, © Henry Taylor, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo by Jeff McLane
Garrett Bradley, America (still), 2019. Multi-channel video installation; 35mm film transferred to video: black and white, sound, 23:55 minutes. Image and work courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.
Courtesy of Theaster Gates
Jack Whitten, Eta Group IV, 1976. Private Collection. © Jack Whitten Estate. Courtesy Jack Whitten Estate and Hauser & Wirth
Samuel Fosso, Self-portrait (Tommie Smith), 2008. Gelatin silver print; 103.7 × 77.9 × 4.5 cm. The Walther Collection. © Samuel Fosso
Christopher Cozier (b. 1959, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; lives in Port of Spain), Gas Men (still), 2014. Two-channel video; Display dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.
Pair of Headdresses (Ciwara Kunw), mid-19th to early 20th century Bamana; Baninko region, Mali. The Art Institute of Chicago, Ada Turnbull Hertle Endowment
Courtesy of Darrel Ellis, Baltimore Museum of Art.
Courtesy of Randy Williams
Broom Thing Ambient Object, 2020. Stephen Burks (American, born 1969), designer Berea College Student Craft, Berea College, Kentucky, established 1855, maker Broom Thing Ambient Object, 2020 Dyed broomcorn and sugar maple wood High Museum of Art, Atlanta, gift of Berea College Student Craft, 2022.74