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Breaking News on Black Art: James D. Thornton Elected Chairman of the Board of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Frick to Feature Portraits of Barkley Hendricks, Getty Images Releases Collection on Black History and Culture, and More

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THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES of the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) elected James D. Thornton chairman of the museum’s 36-member board. Thornton is the first black person and the first person of color to lead the council. “I am extremely honored to follow in the footsteps of so many accomplished board chairs who have played a pivotal role in establishing the Baltimore Museum of Art as a cultural anchor over the past 108 years,” Thornton said in a statement. “Since developing our strategic plan in 2018, we have made significant progress in better reflecting and connecting with our community and becoming a leading cultural voice in the region and country. My commitment is to continue to build on both our strong arts program and our work on social equity and diversity across the institution. This work to define the museum of the future will require unwavering commitment from my colleagues on the Board of Trustees and from our dedicated staff and management. I am confident that with the continued support of our donors, patrons and visitors, we will lead this institution to greater achievements. Thornton founded Thorwood Real Estate Group LLC, where he serves as Managing Director. He retired from MBNA Bank as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. In 2004 Thornton joined BMA’s board of directors. He is a member of the Director Search Committee, which is currently looking for a new director to succeed Christopher Bedford, who transformed the museum’s engagement with the community during his tenure by diversifying programming and expanding representation of women and artists. of color in exhibitions and its collection. . Bedford recently left BMA to direct the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. | After

IMAGE: Top right, James Thornton. | Photo by Christopher Myers

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Black Rock Senegal has announced its artists in residence 2022-23. The residency program was created in 2019 by the artist Kehinde Wiley in Dakar. Working in a variety of mediums, 16 artists from Africa, Europe, Brazil and the United States were selected for Year 3, including Pemi Aguda, Gouled Ahmed, Sophia Nahli Allison, Adrian L. Burrell, Panmela Castro, Chinwe Chigbu, Ayan Farah, Enam Gbewonyo, Stephen Leo Hayes Jr., Amina Kadous, Mae-ling Lokko, Nasheeka Nedsreal, Nengi Omuku, Leonard Pongo, Khalif Tahir Thompson, and Paul Verdel. | After

Two years ago, the curator Dexter Wimberley announced plans for the Hayama artist residency in Japan. The opportunity was immediately blocked due to the pandemic. Representing two cohorts, four new residents will inaugurate the residence this summer—Nadia Liz Estela and Linn Meyers (2021) and francisco maso and Asim Waqif (2022). Applications are open for the 2023 program now. | After

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BARKLEY L. HENDRICKS, “Lawdy Mama”, 1969 (oil and gold leaf on canvas). | © Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York


In the fall of 2023, the Frick Collection in New York will present an exhibition of portraits of Barkley L.Hendricks (1945-2017). A dozen paintings by the late artist will be exhibited throughout the museum in dialogue with its collection of masterpieces from the Renaissance to the 19th century. Hendricks will be the first artist of color to have a solo exhibition at The Frick. The exhibition will be presented at Frick Madison, the museum’s temporary space. Frick’s curator, Aimee Ng, is curating the exhibition with curator Antwaun Sargent, director of Gagosian Gallery who presented the project.
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pioneer architect Paul R. Williams (1894-1980) is best known for his work in Los Angeles, where he was based. A new exhibition presents photographs of Ireland of Williams-designed projects in neighboring Nevada, from the 1930s through the 1970s. “Janna Ireland on the Architectural Legacy of Paul Revere Williams in Nevada” is currently on display at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. In December, the show travels to the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas. | After

Launched by Getty Images, the Black History & Culture Collection features photographs curated in collaboration with renowned scholars and historians, including Deborah Willis of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts; Jina DuVernay of Clark University in Atlanta; Tukufu Zuberi of the University of Pennsylvania; and Mark Sealy MBE and Renée Mussai of Autograph ABP in London. | Video by Getty Images


Getty Images announced a new initiative this week. The Black History and Culture Collection was “created to provide free, non-commercial access to historical and cultural images of the African/Black Diaspora in the United States and United Kingdom from the 19th century to the present day”. Getty images has partnered with several organizations that have previously leveraged the collection, including the media platform black archives, whose founder Renata Cherlise is particularly fascinated by the 1940s and 50s dance images she discovered from the Savoy and Audubon ballrooms in Harlem. “Having access to this collection, I think, will do wonders for the future of storytelling,” Cherlise said. | After


The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco is one of the awarded establishments more than $3.9 million from the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program set up by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). MoAD’s $237,000 grant will help expand its emerging artists program. | After


Pin-Up is a New York magazine about “architectural entertainment”. The Spring/Summer 2022 issue explores the architecture of art, with a focus on Women of New York, a visionary group of black curators, gallerists and scholars. The characteristics of the cover Naomi Beckwith, Legacy Russell, Salome Asega, Ebony L. Haynes, Kellie Jones, and Nicolas Vasell. Inside the post, Emmanuel Olunkwa, editor-in-chief of Pin-Up, conducts interviews with each cover subject. | After

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Professor of Art at the University of Maryland Jordana Moore Saggese who wrote two reports offering tentative opinions on the authenticity of the paintings attributed to Jean-Michel Basquiat which were later displayed in a solo exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art and seized by the FBI before the exhibition closed, released a statement trying to “set the record straight”. | Baltimore Sun

The Equity in Pay + Pay Transparency Accountability Tracker, a crowdsourced project created by the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network, identifies job posting boards that include salary information for available museum opportunities. | Hyperallergic

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