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Staff Picks: August 31, 2020

Installation view of Tomás Esson: The GOAT at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. The Cuban painter’s first museum solo presentation, this exhibition is among those on view when ICA Miami reopens on Wednesday, September 2. Photo: Zachary Balber.

Screens Series Onlinethrough August 31

This selection of artists’ videos hosted by the New Museum features works by the House of LaDosha, Dynasty Handbag, Virginia Lee Montgomery, and others.


Studio LIVE: Aria Dean x Legacy RussellTuesday, September 1, 6 pm EDT

Join the Studio Museum in Harlem for an Instagram live conversation between artist and curator Aria Dean and Legacy Russell, the Museum’s associate curator of exhibitions. Dean’s work examines the structures of individual and collective subjectivity in relation to material, cultural histories, and technology. Acquired by the Museum last year, Dean’s Eulogy for a Black Mass (2018) explores memes as they map to the structures of blackness and black being. Through this work, questions of labor, ownership, and access are surfaced. Dean and Russell will discuss ideas of future-building, black performativity online, and blackness as an “aesthetic force” as it relates to Eulogy for a Black Mass.

Watch the conversation via Instagram Live.


ICA Miami reopeningWednesday, September 2, 12 noon – 6 pm EDT

Later this week, the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami will become the first museum in Miami-Dade County to reopen since many closed temporarily due to coronavirus nearly six months ago. Advance tickets are required for entry, masks must be worn throughout the museum and outdoor sculpture garden, and visits are restricted to one hour. Exhibitions on view include the first-ever solo museum presentation by Cuban painter Tomás Esson, a survey of works since 1969 by Allan McCollum, and Arthur Jafa’s LeRage, a stand-up cutout depicting a Black Incredible Hulk.

Reserve your tickets. The museum reopens to members on Wednesday, September 2, and to the public on Thursday, September 3. Admission is free.


Creative Shifts: Checking in with Ariel DanielleWednesday, September 2, 7 pm EDT

In this Facebook Live conversation hosted by Charlotte’s McColl Center for Art and Innovation, artist Fahamu Pecou speaks with Ariel Danielle, an Atlanta-based painter and 2019 Working Artists Project Fellow at MOCA GA.

Watch the conversation on Facebook Live.


Sankofa Lecture: The Tradition by Jericho BrownThursday, September 3, 7 pm EDT

Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History will rebroadcast a conversation from this spring with poet and writer Jericho Brown, whose collection The Tradition received this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Poetry This conversation was held in collaboration with Charles Stevens from the Counter Narrative Project.

Watch the conversation on Facebook Live.


Opening: Paul Stephen Benjamin: Composition in Absolute BlackSaturday, September 5, 10 am – 4 pm EDT

2019 Hudgens Prize winner Paul Stephen Benjamin presents a solo exhibition further pursuing his visual and conceptual explorations of Blackness and the color black. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed in the galleries at one time, and visitors must have their temperatures taken upon entering the center.


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