Chicago-born contemporary visual artist and arts scholar Theaster Gates has been commissioned to design the 2022 Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens, London. Since its inception in 2000, the majority of prior pavilion commissions have been awarded to architects. So, Gates makes history as the first artist to receive a solo commission, following only two other... Continue Reading →
Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019) was an internationally renowned, Nigerian-American curator, art theorist and political scientist, whose scholarship and portfolio of major projects were the focus of a recent discussion: “Meeting Worlds – On Okwui Enwezor's Work,” hosted online by the New Museum, New York, 21 January 2021.
Dr Carol Ann Dixon's review of the 'Sahel' exhibition (The Met, NYC, 2020). The content focuses primarily on the forms and expressions of material culture that emerged in the western Sahel, spanning key transitional periods from the dawn of ancient Ghana in the 4th century through to the fall of the Segu Empire in 1861.
Dr Carol Ann Dixon's review of the recent webinar on "Collecting and Curating Anti-Racism" - hosted online by the Research Centre for Material Culture (RCMC), Amsterdam, on 19th November 2020. This overview summarises and critiques the guest presentations given by curators Antonia Alampi, Paul Goodwin and Ming Tiampo, in conversation with RCMC staff Amal Alhaag, Wayne Modest and Priya Swamy.
CALL FOR PAPERS: The SIEF2021 International Congress "Breaking the Rules? Power, Participation, Transgression," takes place online, 21-24 June 2021. The deadline for submitting paper proposals for the panel “Museums as Spaces for Anti-Racism" – co-convened by Dr Carol Ann Dixon (University of Sheffield, UK) and Dr Anna Rastas (Tampere University, Finland) – is 26 November 2020.