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blkART214 call for artists of African descent


blkART214 Juried Exhibition 

Juror: Annette Lawrence

blkART214 is an annual juried exhibition designed to showcase the recent work of professional and emerging artists of African descent who reside and are active in the artistic environment of the Dallas area. In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the South Dallas Cultural Center, this year’s theme is Memory, Movements and the Present Moment. blkART214 is a component of ART 214, a joint collaboration between the City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs cultural centers and facilities in celebration of Dallas Arts Month 2017.

Calendar of Events

02-07-17 Call for entry announced
03-04-17 Deadline for entry
03-11-17 Exhibiting artists announced and emails sent to all entrants
03-18-17 Artwork due at South Dallas Cultural Center
04-06-17 Show opens at South Dallas Cultural Center Arthello Beck Gallery
04-06-17 Juror Talk by Annette Lawrence
04-06-17 Opening reception at Arthello Beck Gallery from 6pm-8pm
04-29-17 Show closes

for more information email blkART214@gmail.com

application: blkART214.17.call_for_entries

South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S. Fitzhugh
Dallas, TX 75210
214.939.2782  http://www.dallasculture.org/SDCulturalCenter


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AfroFuturism at the SDCC

KaraWalker Texas Ranger


“KaraWalkerTexasRanger” by Christopher Blay.

SDCC MeetUps!- AfroFuturism
For the closing……

Calling all Black Sci Fi, Speculative Fiction and Afro Futurism enthusiasts. Join us for a very special SDCC MeetUp! to coincide with the KWTXR exhibition. We will screen “Black Sci-Fi” which was produced and directed by Terrence Francis. Black Sci-Fi talk back will be led by Eric Reece. Artist Christopher Blay will be on hand talking about the themes an inspiration in KWTXR. Oh, did we mention the AfroFuturism jam session!
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 4pm-6pm

“KWTXR” is based on a fictitious character. It is a body of work that memorializes African American victims of police shootings over the past 25 years. It’s central theme is a fantasy narrative in which the character time travels and reverses the outcome of the victim’s confrontation with the police. For more info click here.

South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S. Fitzhugh Avenue Dallas TX 75210
*New Hours: Tues. Thurs. Fri.- 1-9 pm; Wed & Sat. 9-5 pm.

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New & Ongoing Exhibits at the African American Museum of Dallas: Receptions March 14


The African American Museum was founded in 1974 as a part of the Special Collections at Bishop College, a Historically Black College that closed in 1988. The Museum has operated independently since 1979. The $7 million edifice was funded through private donations and a 1985 Dallas City bond election that provided $1.2 million for the construction of the new facility. The African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwestern Region devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It has one of the largest African American Folk Art collections in the United States.

Location: 3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210

MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 150157,Dallas, TX 75315-0157

Email:  info@aamdallas.org   Website: aamdallas.org

Phone: (214) 565-9026

As one of the premiere museums dedicated to preserving African American history, the African American Museum of Dallas often showcases some of the most notable and fascinating exhibitions from around the country.  To view this year’s exhibition schedule, click here



Blacker the Berry

March 5, 2016 – May 31, 2016
Opening reception Monday, March 14 6:30-8:30 pm


Beauty Salons & Beauty Shop Politics

March 5, 2016 – May 31, 2016
Opening reception Monday, March 14 6:30-8:30 pm

LATER in 2016:

CarrollHarrisSimmsCarroll Harris Simms Exhibition

Jun. 17, 2016 – Nov. 12, 2016 The Carroll Harris Simms: National Black Art Competition and Exhibition program was originally named the Biennial Southwest Black Art Competition and Exhibition. It was established in 1976 at the African American Museum. The purpose of this exhibition program is to expand the Museum’s distinguished fine art collection and to provide black artists a venue to display their work.



facingrisingsunFacing the Rising Sun

On-going Facing the Rising Sun: Freedman’s Cemetery presents the remnants of a once thriving North Dallas Community. Facing the Rising Sun contains photographs, found objects, and historical documents that provide an insight into a community called Freedman’s town and later known as short North Dallas. Interactive video kiosks allow visitors to see and hear from the people who knew Freedman’s town first-hand.

The Souls of Black Folk

On-going The Souls of Black Folk: Selections from the Billy R. Allen Folk Art Collection The Billy R. Allen Folk Art Collection, named for a founding board member, has grown to include more than 500 objects. Dr. Warren and Sylvia Lowe of Lafayette, Louisiana, Sally Griffiths and Dr. Bobby Alexander of Dallas, Texas have been major contributors. The exhibition is housed in the Sam and Ruth Bussey Folk Art Gallery.

–from the Museum website: http://www.aamdallas.org/#!exhibition-schedule/c1kp5

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African American Short Film Festival call for entries

irvingblackartscouncil_logoThe Irving Black Arts Council announces a call for the African American Short Film Festival to be held on June 25, 2016 at the Irving Arts Center. Deadline to enter is April 8. Questions, contact irvingblackartscouncil1@yahoo.com.  http://www.irvingblackarts.com/

For details of the announcement see http://irvingblog.dallasnews.com/files/2016/02/black-arts1.jpg.


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Urban View: Contemporary Art & Design, Irving Black Arts Council


February 628 at the Irving Arts Center Main Gallery

This visual arts exhibition presented by the Irving Black Arts Council coincides with Black History Month and features various aspects of the artistic depiction of life, history and culture of and by African- American artists. From textile designs to street art inspired creations, the artwork is exciting! Artists slated to be featured are Johnathon Foster, Kirk Garnett, Shalana Mitchell, Kevin Owens and Christopher “C-Ray” Rayson.

Artist Reception: February 6th at 5-7 p.m. in Main Gallery

Gallery Admission is FREE
Gallery Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving TX 75062


–from the IAC website; http://www.irvingartscenter.com/

UPDATE: for an article about the artists behind this exhibit:

Artists explore purpose behind their art
(posted 2/19/16 on the Rambler Newspapers)


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Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist


Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

June 14, 2014–September 7, 2014

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist is the first retrospective of the American artist’s paintings in two decades. Archibald John Motley Jr. (1891–1981) is one of the most significant yet least known twentieth-century artists, despite the continued broad appeal of his paintings. Many of his most important portraits and cultural scenes remain in private collections and few museums have had the opportunity to acquire his work.

Motley’s scenes of life in the African-American community, often in his hometown of Chicago, depict a parallel universe of labor and leisure and are infused with the rhythms and colors of jazz. His portraits are voyeuristic examinations of race, gender and sexuality. Also included in the exhibition are his noteworthy canvases of Jazz Age Paris and 1950s Mexico, as well as works that address slavery and racial stereotypes.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107

t. 817.989.5064 f. 817.665.4331 www.cartermuseum.org


Archibald J. Motley Jr. (1891–1981) The Liar, 1936 Oil on canvas


This summer, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents the traveling exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, the first retrospective of the artist’s paintings in two decades. Organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, this 40-year survey includes works from each period of Archibald John Motley Jr.’s (1891—1981) career. The exhibition is on view at the Amon Carter from June 14 through September 7, 2014; admission is free.

“Despite the broad appeal of his paintings and the significance of his work, Archibald Motley is not a well-known twentieth-century artist,” says Sarah Schroth, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum. “Many of his most important portraits and cultural scenes remain in private collections and few museums have had the opportunity to acquire his work. We are delighted that this exhibition will introduce his dazzling, colorful canvases to a wider audience and reveal the rich sociological and art historical underpinnings of his work. His paintings are as vibrant today as they were 70 years ago.”

Motley’s scenes of life in the African-American community, often in his hometown of Chicago, depict a parallel universe of labor and leisure and are infused with the rhythms and colors of jazz. His portraits are voyeuristic examinations of race, gender and sexuality. Also included in the exhibition are his noteworthy canvases of Jazz Age Paris and 1950s Mexico, as well as works that address slavery and racial stereotypes.

The artist was born in New Orleans and lived and worked in the first half of the 20th century in a predominately white neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest side, a few miles from the city’s growing black community known as “Bronzeville.” At the onset of the Harlem Renaissance—a time of cultural efflorescence for African-Americans in the 1920s—Motley reveled in painting Chicago’s black community during the city’s own cultural renaissance. Motley carefully constructed portraits that depict Chicago’s African-American elites, but he also incorporated scenes of recently disembarked migrants from the South and other communities commonly overlooked.

The artist’s incisive portraits and energetic genre scenes garnered accolades from art critics, launching a productive career. In 1929, after studying at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago, Motley received a Guggenheim Fellowship, funding a year of study in France. During this time he created Blues, a colorful, rhythm-inflected painting of Jazz Age Paris and several canvases that vividly capture the pulse and tempo of “la vie bohème.” Similar in spirit to his Chicago paintings, these Parisian canvases thematically and pictorially extended the geographical boundaries of the Harlem Renaissance, depicting an African diaspora in Paris’s meandering streets and congested cabarets. His bold approach to painting also marked his visits to Mexico in the 1950s. Motley’s work from this period includes satirical, embellished scenes of country life.

“Motley was a master colorist and radical interpreter of urban culture,” says Andrew J. Walker, director of the Amon Carter. “The narrative-based paintings in this exhibition feature the artist’s experiences in three countries—Mexico, France and the United States; and, they are all bold, dynamic and captivating. We are delighted that our audiences will get to know the work of this expressive and transformative artist.”

After closing in Fort Worth, Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist travels to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (October 19, 2014–February 1, 2015); the Chicago Cultural Center (March 6–August 31, 2015) and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (Fall 2015).

The exhibition is curated by Richard J. Powell, the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke and recipient of the Smithsonian’s Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition, featuring critical texts by scholars Davarian L. Baldwin, David C. Driskell, Olivier Meslay, Amy M. Mooney, Richard J. Powell and poet/essayist/novelist Ishmael Reed. The catalogue is published by the Nasher Museum and distributed by Duke University Press. It is available for purchase in the Amon Carter’s Museum Store for $39.95.

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist was organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The exhibition is made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art; the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor; and the Henry Luce Foundation. Major support is provided by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

Thursday, June 19, 6–7 p.m.*
Fat Man in Bronzeville: Archibald Motley’s Art Lecture
Richard J. Powell, curator
Find out how the artist’s paintings have captured worldwide attention for their rainbow-hued, syncopated compositions and discover their genesis in Chicago’s burgeoning black community during the interwar years.
This program on American art, culture, and society is made possible by a generous gift from the late Anne Burnett Tandy.

Saturday, July 12, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.*
Art Discovery: Music Family Workshop
Discover connections between music and the Motley exhibition and then create your own musically inspired work of art.

Thursday, July 31, 6–10 p.m.
Sunset Cinema: Chicago Outdoor Film Series
Pack a picnic, grab some friends, and watch the hit musical Chicago (2002; PG-13) on the museum’s lawn.

Thursday, August 7, 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Art in the Dark Community Program

Have fun with music during this exciting program that features art making, tours, films and more inspired by the exhibition.
*Reservations for these programs are required; registration opens the first day of the month prior to each program. Email visitors@cartermuseum.org or call 817.989.5030 to register.

Guided tours of Archibald Motley occur at 3:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. No reservations are required.

–press release, Amon Carter


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JUNETEENTH at the Arlington Museum of Art


June 21, 2013, 7:00pm – 9:00pm


The Arlington Museum of Art is proud to host

Arlington’s inaugural community-wide

Juneteenth Celebration.

Friday, June 21st

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Please join Master of Ceremonies

Hon. Roy C. Brooks, Tarrant County Commissioner

For the Presentation of the:

Gerald Alley Service Award

Hon. Elzie Odom Leadership Award

Sr. Pastor N. L. Robinson Humanitarian Award

 ON VIEW: Harlem Renaissance

The event is free of charge and light refreshments will be served

Arlington Museum of Art
201 W. Main Street
Arlington, Texas 76010

Arlington Museum of Art

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