Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines and Alma Thomas brings together a group of Felrath Hines (1913-1993) paintings, recently given to several North Carolina museums, and juxtaposes them with work by his contemporary, Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891-1978). Hines was a founding member of the Spiral Group, the artist collective organized by Romare Bearden in New York in 1963. This exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to see vibrant work by two great abstract painters side-by-side.
Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines and Alma Thomas
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
June 10 - September 5, 2010
In his first solo exhibition in Canada, Kerry James Marshall (Studio Museum artist in residence 1985-86) tells visible and invisible stories of black America. This exhibition features three diverse and significant series, each of which present a historically-informed exploration of black life: "Garden Projects," a series of vibrant urban scenes based on public housing projects on the South Side of Chicago and Watts; "Souvenirs," late-1990s paintings of middle-class living rooms; and "Vignettes," idyllic images of black couples in sumptuous romantic landscapes reminiscent of eighteenth-century Rococo paintings.
Kerry James Marshall
Vancouver Artgallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
May 8, 2010–January 3, 2011
Dawoud Bey, who has had a long relationship with the Studio Museum, beginning with the exhibition Harlem, USA (1979), brings his recent series of life-size photographs of American teens to Virginia this year. The photographs in Class Pictures are accompanied by the sitters’ descriptions of their own lives, creating a holistic portrait of American youth at the dawn of the 21st century.
Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey
The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
March 26–August 6, 2010
2000-01 artist in residence Julie Mehretu has emerged as a major voice in contemporary American painting. Grey Area features work made during, and inspired by, Mehretu’s recent residency in Berlin. Not simply grey in color, the paintings play with the phrase “grey area,” engaging us in her difficult-to-define, complex compositions of meticulously drawn mechanical renderings, spontaneous gestural markings, and colorful interjections.
Julie Mehretu: Grey Area
Guggenheim, New York, NY
May 14 – August 6, 2010
This summer, the Wexner presents the first major museum survey of the work of artist Mark Bradford, friend of the Studio Museum and Freestyle alum. Bradford, who lives and works in Los Angeles, received the Wexner Center's Residency Award in visual arts for 2009–10 and was a 2009 MacArthur Fellow. The exhibition features a wide range of painting, sculpture, and collage from the last decade, as well as brand-new works, all reflecting on social and urban environments.
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
May 8–August 15, 2010