NMWA commissioned Washington, D.C.-based artists Trap Bob and Quest Skinner to paint murals on plywood covering the museum’s façade last Saturday. The murals boldly and beautifully express the power of women artists to challenge narratives and create change.
The Washington Post recently profiled Trap Bob, and last year the Burning Man Project published an essay by Quest Skinner about her life and work.
The New York Times remembers Harlem mystery writer Grace Edwards, who died in February at age 87; at the time her death received little notice.
The National Endowment for the Arts’s podcast features musician Crys Matthews, whose album Battle Hymn for an Army of Lovers is of particular poignancy for the moment.
Artnet interviews photographer An-My Lê: “Photography is a kind of silence that is not silent.”
Yvette Mutumba is named curator-at-large, with Adam Szymczyk, at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Lit Hub publishes a conversation between poets Nikky Finney and Jericho Brown, part of the Bay Area Book Festival, on Black Lives Matter and bearing witness.
ARTnews remembers Cynthia Navaretta, pioneering feminist art leader and publisher, who has died at age 97.
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Artnet highlights Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi: Gymnasium, which is viewable online at the Stevenson Gallery of Johannesburg, South Africa. Nkosi’s paintings capture the moments just before legendary Black gymnasts perform their daring routines.
The virtual public program Care Practice: Recipes for Resilience, organized by Gas Gallery and curators Ceci Moss and Jenni Nurmenniemi, aims to “cultivate sustainable art structures and more equitable futures.” Women from international feminist-, LGBTQ-, and BIPOC-centered arts organizations will lead the session “Building Caring Communities” on Saturday, June 13. Hyperallergic featured the first session of the online program, noting its inspiration in Audre Lorde and Johanna Hevda.
Silence is Compliance, led by curator and artist Candy Choi, launches on June 12. The online gallery and performance space will showcase Hong Kong artists protesting a national security law recently approved in Beijing. The Art Newspaper featured the project.
—Emma Weiss is the summer 2020 publications and communications/marketing intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.