Art Fix Friday: June 12, 2020

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.

Murals by Trap Bob and Quest Skinner now adorn the plywood boards in the entrances to the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Photos by NMWA staff

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.

Front-Page Femmes

Colossal features Tawny Chatmon’s The Redemption, a series of photographic portraits adorned with gold that “celebrate the beauty of Black hair.”

The New York Times features NMWA’s virtual exhibition Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits as a “must-see virtual event” this week.

Hyperallergic interviews KT Pe Benito, Eva Yaa Asantewaa, and Cheryl R. Riley for its Pride Month series “Reflections from Queer Art Workers.”

Nöelle Santos, founder of the only independent bookstore in the Bronx, The Lit. Bar, shares her experience preparing her business for both the coronavirus and local protests.

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.

Grace F. Edwards with copies of her book If I Should Die, published in 1997, one of a series of mystery novels set in Harlem featuring a female sleuth; Photo courtesy of the Edwards family

Art in America publishes an essay by Jasmine Wahi, the Bronx Museum’s social justice curator and co-founder of the nonprofit Project for Empty Space.

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.

WomenArts features artists Jane Sapp, Mary D. Watkins, and Jovelyn Richards.

Hyperallergic profiles Shirley, a recently released film by Josephine Decker that explores the “agony and ecstasy” of “The Lottery” author Shirley Jackson.

ARTnews features Veronica Gonzalez Peña’s new film Pat Steir: Artist, the first-ever documentary about the painter.

Shows We Want to See—Online Edition

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.

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Team, 2020; Courtesy of Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg

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.