Arts + Culture

Inside The Armory Show’s Game-Changing African Focus

The Armory Show’s African Focus section is the way of the future.

Yvette Mutumba and Julia Grosse, the curators behind the Armory Show's African Perspectives Focus. (Photo: Ginny Suss)
African artists were the heart of New York’s premier art event last week. The Focus section of the 2016 Armory Show, African Perspectives, brought the continent and the diaspora to the center stage of Pier 94. Its curators, Contemporary And co-founders Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, were also the only women to curate an Armory Focus in the section’s seven-year history.

“To be in a space where we’re finally at the epicenter of the conversation, and not in the fringes or in the nooks and the crannies, is really great,” Shariffa Ali, a Kenyan-Ethiopian theater-maker in New York City, tells Okayafrica. “I love being able to walk into a space and see work by my peers and African contemporaries from my left, on my right, in front of me, behind me,” she says. “To be fully immersed is truly an amazing experience.”

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Arts + Culture

New York-Based Curator Dexter Wimberly Is Bringing The Work Of These 4 African Artists To North Carolina

A new exhibition in Raleigh will spotlight the work of four African artists based in the U.S.

Kindred, 2014, graphite, ink, pigment, enamel, photo transfers, glitter on paper, 80” x 78”

Photo courtesy of Tiwani Contemporary, London and the artist

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Fade To Black: On The State Of Artists Of Color At Art Basel

Kehinde Wiley, Hank Willis Thomas, Renee Cox and more speak on the state of artists of color at Art Basel.

Photos by Asha Efia

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