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Black History Month and Art Journal Open

posted by CAA — Feb 10, 2022

Each week this Black History Month, we highlight the rich scholarship and programs produced at CAA that celebrate, recognize, and interrogate Black art, history, and experience.  This week, we are sharing a bibliography of articles from our online, open-access journal Art Journal Open that addresses these topics.


Aranke, Sampada. “Objects Made Black.” Art Journal Open (February 9, 2015). Crossover article from Art Journal 73, no. 3 (Fall 2014) reviewing Huey Copeland, Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Baralaye, Ebitenyefa and Glenn Adamson. “The Weight of Matter: Ebitenyefa Baralaye and Glenn Adamson in Conversation.” Art Journal Open (May 20, 2021).

Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Portrait I (multiple views), 2020, salt-glazed stoneware, 25 x 12 x 10 in.
(63.5 x 30.5 x 25.4 cm) (artwork © Ebitenyefa Baralaye; photographs provided by the artist)


Barber, Tiffany E. “Narcissister, a Truly Kinky Artist.” Art Journal Open (March 11, 2020).

Narcissister, Red Riding Hood, 2014, mixed media (photograph provided by the artist).


Best, Makeda. “Interview with Texas Isaiah.” Art Journal Open (April 8, 2021). Crossover article from Art Journal 80, no. 1 (Spring 2021).

Texas Isaiah, don’t kill this vibe, 2018 (artwork © Texas Isaiah; photograph provided by the artist)


Childs, Adienne L. Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition. Washington, DC and New York: Phillips Collection in association with Rizzoli Electa, 2020.

Sanford Biggers, Negerplastik, 2016, repurposed antique quilt, cotton fabric fragments, tar, and glitter, 81 × 76 3/4 in. (205.7 x 195 cm) (photograph by Todd-White Art Photography, provided by Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong)


Cunningham, Nijah. “With Each Other.” Art Journal Open (October 14, 2021). Crossover article from Art Journal 80, no. 3 (Fall 2021) reviewing Nicole R. Fleetwood. Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2020.

Dally, Jenny and Fred Eversley. “The Object and You: Fred Eversley in Conversation with Jenny Dally.” Art Journal Open (February 25, 2021).

Fred Eversley in his Venice Beach studio, 2018 (photograph by Elon Schoenholz; photograph provided by David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles)


 Gaines, Malik. “City after Fifty Years’ Living: LA’s Differences in Relation.” Art Journal Open (July 17, 2012).

Ice Cube Celebrates the Eames, poster, 2011 (artwork © J. Paul Getty Trust)


Gale, Nikita and Jesús Fuenmayor. “Barricades of Silence: Nikita Gale in Conversation with Jesús Fuenmayor.” Art Journal Open (August 20, 2020).

Nikita Gale, INTERCEPTOR, 2019, installation view, Fall Apart: Nikita Gale & Pat O’Neill, Martos Gallery, New York, January 11–February 24, 2019 (artwork © Nikita Gale; photograph by Charles Benton/Martos Gallery, provided by the artist),


Gbadegesin, Olubukola A. “Damon Davis’s Negrophilia: Encounters with Black Death.” Art Journal Open (August 30, 2017).

Damon Davis, Untitled (2), 2015, bookprint, ink, watercolor, adhesive, from the series Negrophilia (artwork © Damon Davis)


Majeed, Risham and Blake Bradford. “Just Being.” Art Journal Open (May 22, 2020).

Albrecht Dürer, Portrait of a Black Man (untitled), 1508, black chalk on paper. Original shown here; the NMAAHC has a reproduction in the Middle Passage galleries.


Raiford, Leigh. “Burning All Illusion: Abstraction, Black Life, and the Unmaking of White Supremacy.” Art Journal Open (January 14, 2021).

Samuel Levi Jones, Joshua, 2016, deconstructed Illinois law books on canvas, 61½ x 77 in. (156.2 x 195.6 cm) (artwork © Samuel Levi Jones; photograph provided by Galerie Lelong)


Sifuentes, Aram Han. “How Internalized White Supremacy Manifests for My BIPOC Students in Art School.” Art Journal Open (July 8, 2021).

Cute Rage Press (Aram Han Sifuentes and Ishita Dharap), detail of Taking Receipts:
A Log of Aggression for People of Color, 2017, color printed spiral-bound book, 8 x 5½ in.
(20.3 x 14 cm) (artwork © Aram Han Sifuentes and Ishita Dharap; photograph by Aram
Han Sifuentes)


Saggese, Jordana Moore, Cauleen Smith, Charles Gaines, Edgar Arceneaux, Howardena Pindell, Michael Ray Charles, and Glenn Ligon. “A Call to Artists.” Art Journal Open (October 26, 2021). Crossover article from Art Journal 80, no. 3 (Fall 2021).


Tani, Ellen Y. “Come Out to Show Them: Speech and Ambivalence in the Work of Steve Reich and Glenn LigonSpeech and Ambivalence in the Work of Steve Reich and Glenn Ligon.” Art Journal Open (December 23, 2019).

Glenn Ligon, Come Out Study #13, 2014, silkscreen on canvas on panel, 36 x 47 7/8 in. (91.4 x 121.6 cm) (artwork © Glenn Ligon; photograph by Ronald Amstutz, provided by the artist, Hauser & Wirth, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and Chantal Crousel, Paris)


Thompson, Krista. ““I WAS HERE BUT I DISAPEAR”: Ivanhoe “Rhygin” Martin and Photographic Disappearance in Jamaica.” Art Journal Open (August 14, 2018).

Production still from The Harder They Come, 1972, 16mm color film, dir. Perry Henzell, cinematography by Frank St. Juste, David McDonald, and Peter Jessop, produced by International Films / Xenon Pictures (photograph published under fair use)


Williams, Stephanie Sparling. “Artful Embodiment: Genealogies of the Impossible.” Art Journal Open (November 27, 2018). Crossover article from Art Journal 77, no. 3 (Fall 2018) reviewing Uri McMillan, Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance, New York: New York University Press, 2015.
Winslow, Margaret. “Pope.L: The Body and Its Void.” Art Journal Open (January 14, 2021). Crossover article from Art Journal 79, no. 4 (Winter 2020) reviewing member: Pope.L, 1978–2001., exhibition organized by Stuart Comer with Danielle A. Jackson. Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019–February 1, 2020.

Zorach, Rebecca. “Art and Soul: An Experimental Friendship between Street and Museum .” Art Journal Open (September 4, 2011).

Art & Soul exterior with Rainbow mural by Sachio Yamashita, 1969 (mural now destroyed) (mural artwork © Eileen Petersen Yamashita, all rights reserved, used with permission; photograph © Ann Zelle)



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