Collages, paintings, and sculptures are showing adoration to the Black body and spirit this season.
Concepts like what it means to come of age across cultures, how personal narratives can shake collective comfort, the balance between being desired and marginalized, and who gets to be seen as a God are being investigated by colorful brush strokes, careful fabric assembly, and masterful sculpting. Artists are using meditative practice to express fresh ideas that have us rushing to the galleries around the country.
See 18 exhibitions we can’t wait to visit this fall below.
Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem – Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
This pop-up exhibition curated by Souleo is commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Harlem Institute of Fashion.
The famed touring portraits from Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley arrive at the historic institution this fall. Not on the East Coast? The Portland Art Museum has placed work from both the artists in conversation with one another on display as well.
Another Tradition: Drawings by Black Artists from the American South
The work of Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Henry Speller, Luster Willis, and Purvis Young is on display in this exhibition dedicated to focusing on how artists in the American South elevated their practices outside of space that did not welcome them.
Afro-American Images 1971: The Vision of Percy Ricks – Delaware Art Museum
Fifty years after Percy Ricks’ Aesthetic Dynamics was first shown to the world the Delaware Art Museum is celebrating this occasion with a show that highlights its importance and grapples with how it was overlooked by art historians.
Young, Gifted and Black : The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art – Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois Chicago
Antwaun Sargent and Matt Wycoff co-curated this exhibition which features work from “Derrick Adams, Caitlin Cherry, Bethany Collins, Deana Lawson, Kerry James Marshall, Jennifer Packer, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mickalene Thomas, Chiffon Thomas, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and 40 others.”