GREENVILLE, SC—Tiger Strikes Asteroid, the network of artist-run spaces with locations in Philadelphia, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, is opening its newest chapter in Greenville, South Carolina. With the Greenville Center for Creative Arts, In Front of Your Eyes will feature works by painters Hannah Cole, Jodi Hays, and Ceila Reisman and opens October 4.
NEW ORLEANS—Kara Walker’s Katastwóf Karavan, originally shown at Prospect.4 in New Orleans in 2017, where it was programmed to play songs for three days while sitting on Algiers Point, the place where most slaves were held before being sold—is heading to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. On October 12, the calliope joins an exhibition by artist and jazz musician Jason Moran, who collaborated with Walker on the creation of the Katastwóf Karavan and its score of songs of “Black protest and celebration.” Moran will perform on the calliope outside the museum at 6 pm.
NEW ORLEANS—The Amistad Research Center, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center and the Newcomb Museum at Tulane all received grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, the organization announced last week. Amistad plans on hiring an archivist to further assist with research project requests and maintain its digital assets. Newcomb will digitize more than 7,000 objects in their collection, and Ashé will research ways small archives can gain financial sustainability and better public access.
NEW ORLEANS—Pelican Bomb founder and executive director Cameron Shaw heads to Los Angeles, where she will succeed curator Naima Keith, who took a new position at LACMA earlier this year and is currently serving as co-curator of Prospect.5 In a statement, Shaw said, “CAAM presents a powerful platform to build new scholarship and public experiences around the contributions of African Americans to the cultural life of this city, state, country, and the world. More than forty years after its founding, there remains an inarguable need to create inclusive, accessible, and dynamic spaces where all people can see black lives and experiences valued and reflected, and I’m proud to be part of that visionary legacy.” Earlier this year, Burnaway announced expanded coverage in New Orleans following Pelican Bomb’s closure in late 2018.
NASSAU, BAHAMAS—Seeking to provide support for the communities affected by Hurricane Dorian, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas has become a “sanctuary space” where mental health professionals have been able to provide immediate support, as well as a center for the collection and distribution of dry goods and clothing. NAGB is also running a shuttle service between shelters and the museum for forums, meetings with officials, and meditation and wellness practices that contribute to collective healing. The Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in Miami has also served as a collection point for aid, with director Franklin Sirmans saying in a statement, “Our neighbors in the Bahamas were hit hard by Hurricane Dorian, and it is our duty as an institution at the crossroads of the Americas to help those affected by this devastation… PAMM is dedicated to serving the community, and I am proud that the Miami area can come together to show our support for the Bahamas.”
CHARLESTON—The Alice Award, a financial award of twenty-five thousand dollars to a richly illustrated book that “makes a valuable contribution to its field and demonstrates a high standards of production” will be presented this October to Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, published in 2019 to accompany the exhibition of the same name that opened at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina, last year. The award is given annually by Furthermore, a program of the J.M Kaplan Fund.