Latest News in African American Art: Gus Casely-Hayford Headed to V&A Museum, Betye Saar and Indira Allegra Win Major Artist Awards & More – Google Alerts

Gus Casely-Hayford is the inaugural director of V&A East in London


The following review presents a snapshot of recent news in African American art and related black culture:



APPOINTMENT | Gus Casely-Hayford is joining the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as inaugural director of V&A East. He is heading up two new venues under construction in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park that will house a museum and a collections and research center. Casely-Hayford has been serving as director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., since February 2018. The London-born curator, cultural historian, writer and broadcaster is joining the V&A in Spring 2020. The new outposts are set to open in 2023. V&A Museum

AWARDS & HONORS | Betye Saar (at right) is the winner of 2020 Wolfgang Hahn Prize from the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany. The Los Angeles-based artist, who currently has solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will receive the prize April 21, 2020. The Ludwig Museum is dedicating €100,000 (about $110,000) to acquire Saar’s work, presenting an exhibition of her work (April 22,-July 6, 2020), and producing a coinciding publication. The prize has been awarded since 1994. Kerry James Marshall was the first black recipient in 2014 and Saar is the first black woman to be selected. Museum Ludwig

AWARDS & HONORS | Describing her as “a leader in the performance-based craft movement,” the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City announced Indira Allegra has won the 2019 Burke Prize. Inaugurated in 2018, the $50,000 award recognizes an artist under 45 years old working in fiber, clay, glass, metal or wood. Nelson explores grief and memorial practices through a variety of mediums including weaving, installation, and performance. The Detroit-born, Oakland, Calif.-based artist was one of 16 finalists, including Bisa Butler and Tandra Francis. Work by all the…

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