Artist Joins Activists to Protest Museum’s Display of Artwork by Convicted Murderer and More News


ARTIST JOINS ACTIVISTS TO PROTEST MUSEUM’S DISPLAY OF ARTWORK BY CONVICTED MURDERER. In solidarity with activists protesting the inclusion of painter-photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa’s art in an exhibition at the new University of Pretoria’s Javett Art Center, Cape Town, Artist Candice Breitz has pulled her work from a concurrent show at the center, requesting that it be replaced by a #SayHerName sign (Above image of a A SWEAT activist holding a poster memorializing Nokuphila Kumalo). Mthethwa is serving an 18-year prison sentence for beating Nokuphila Kumalo, a sex worker, to death in April 2013. [Hyperallergic]

ARTISTS TO LEAD AT IMPART ARTISTS FAIR. The inaugural edition of Impart fair, which opens 25 October, and runs through 27 October, offers artists the opportunity to present their artworks directly to visitors. Usually booths at art fairs are owned by galleries, but for the first time in Lagos, the booths at this fair will be acquired by artists directly—giving artists without gallery representation the opportunity to participate, and resulting in lower economic stakes for both artists and buyers. [ArtWa]

ENWONWU FOUNDATION PRESENTS 2ND EDITION OF ‘POINT OF VIEW’. This edition of the monthly series of talks, titled ‘Raising Capital against High Value Works of Art,’ examines the growing recognition of Nigerian art as a new alternative asset class and analyzes the appraising of art holdings for liquidation or for use as collateral in lending transactions. The event will hold at Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi on 17 October 2019. [Ben Enwonwu Foundation]

THE UNOFFICIAL LAGOS ART SEASON KICKS OFF THIS OCTOBER. 10th edition of the Lagos Photo Festival, the second edition of Art Summit Nigeria, the fourth edition of ArtX Lagos, the opening of Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Arts, events at Revolving Art Incubator (RAI) and Treehouse Lagos—Ayo Akinwande looks at the scores of events brewing across the city’s many project spaces, museums and galleries. [Omenka]

LONDON INSTITUTE OF ART TO OFFER MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART DEGREES. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided Courtauld Institute of Art, London a $750,000 grant to create two new permanent teaching posts in modern and contemporary art of Africa and the African diaspora, boosting research and scholarship in the field. Presently, the School of Oriental and African Studies appears to be the only institution in the UK offering an Africa-specific Masters degree in contemporary art. [The Art Newspaper]


Ayo Akinwande, ‘Mumu LP Vol.3: The Listening Room’ 2019. Courtesy: the artist
Ayo Akinwande, ‘Mumu LP Vol.3: The Listening Room’ 2019. Courtesy: the artist


AYO AKINWANDE PRESENTS ‘MUMU LP VOL.3: THE LISTENING ROOM’ AT JAZZHOLE. In this third iteration of the Mumu LP series, Akinwande from his archive (social media screenshots, and audio recordings at bus stops and newspaper stands around Lagos) creates a sculptural sound installation consisting of 19 sound pieces and 19 drawings to interrogate the commentaries shaping our political reality. The exhibition opens on 27 October through 10 November 2019 at the book and record store, known as the house of the ‘Nigerian sound.’ [TSA]

Vinnie Bagwell, Victory. Courtesy: the artist/Hyperallergic
Vinnie Bagwell, Victory. Courtesy: the artist/Hyperallergic


SIMONE LEIGH WITHDREW PROPOSAL FOLLOWING COMMUNITY PROTESTS. Although selected by a NYC panel of judges, Leigh recognizing the East Harlem community preference for Vinnie Bagwell’s proposal said in her statement withdrawing her proposal, “Since this is a public monument in their neighborhood, I defer to them.” Leigh, Wangechi Mutu, Kehinde Wiley, and Bagwell were shortlisted to replace the New York City monument to a 19th-century doctor who experimented on enslaved black women. [Hyperallergic]

“HEROES: PRINCIPLES OF AFRICAN GREATNESS” OPENS AT SMITHSONIAN IN NOVEMBER. The exhibition by the National Museum of African Art will feature multimedia works of art by over 40 classical and contemporary artists from 15 African countries, with each artwork paired with a historic African person, who embodies the thematic value in the work. Visitors will also engage with the artworks digitally, while the museum’s first exhibition-specific playlist will be available on Spotify. [Smithsonian]


Featured Image: A SWEAT activist holding a poster memorializing Nokuphila Kumalo. Candice Breitz asked that the poster be hung at the Javett to replace her withdrawn artwork. (photo by Sydelle Willow Smith, courtesy of SWEAT/Hyperallergic)

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