Latest Black Art News: Gaëtane Verna to Head the Wexner Center, Chakaia Booker Now Represented by the David Nolan Gallery, Salary Transparency, What is a Museum? & More

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Gaëtane Verna joins the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University as Executive Director, effective November 15. | Photo by Tyrell Gough


Art historian and administrator Gaëtane Verna (above) will be the next executive director of the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Verna has been the Director and Artistic Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto since 2012. She officially joins the Wex on November 15th. | Columbus Shipping

Hallie Ringle joins the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (ICA) as Chief Curator of Daniel and Brett Sundheim. Since 2018 she has been curator of contemporary art at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama. At the same time, she has been a curator at MoMA PS1 in New York since 2021. Ringle’s research includes a major exhibition project on the artist Mavis Pusey (1928-2019). Previously, she worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2013-18), where she rose to become assistant curator. It starts on September 16th at the ICA in Philadelphia. | More

Named the Saint Louis Art Museum (SALM). Charlie Farell a Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow (2022-24), a two-year paid opportunity. Farrell earned both a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in history and art criticism from Florida State University. She comes to SLAM after internships at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum in Quincy, Florida; Florida’s Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the Africa Diaspora; and John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida | More

From left: CHAKAIA BOOKER, installation view of “Déjà Vu”, 2016 (rubber tires and stainless steel, 21 x 26 x 17 ft), commissioned by and exhibited at Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois; and CHAKAIA BOOKER, “Optical Illusion”, 2021 (rubber tires and wood, 64 x 34 x 16 in. / 162.6 x 86.4 x 40.6 cm). | © Chakaia Booker (2), Courtesy the artist and David Nolan Gallery


Artist Chakaia Booker is now represented by the David Nolan Gallery in New York. Born in Newark, NJ, Booker is best known for transforming discarded tires into radical sculptural forms. Her work was featured in As Above, So Below, a five-artist exhibition at David Nolan Gallery in 2020-21. Last year, ICA Miami presented Chakaia Booker: The Observance, a comprehensive overview of the artist. A catalog documenting the museum show is expected to appear in the fall. | More


Campbell Addy captured covers of Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Megan Thee Stallion for New York Magazine’s Fall Fashion Issue and The Cut. Addy, a Ghanaian-British London-based photographer, was recently featured in the New York Times and is featured in the touring exhibition The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion, currently at the Cleveland Museum through September 11 to see is the art. | The cut

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The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) will require arts institutions to list salaries for all advertisements on their job board starting November 15. When the new policy was announced, AAM said the goal of pay transparency was “fairer and more empowering for museum workers.” art forum

The International Council of Museums, based in Paris, France, has redefined the term “museum”. The new definition, updated from 2007, includes characterizations such as “accessible and inclusive” and “diversity and sustainability” and introduces a “more horizontal and democratic conception of the modern museum”. | hyperallergic

After the announcement earlier this year, a new AP course in African American Studies rolled out to 60 high schools across the country last week. Next year, 200 are expected to offer the course. | NPR / Education Week / Diverse Topics in Higher Education

Shondaland, the online platform of the storytelling company founded by TV titan and art collector Shonda Rhimes, published a series of articles on Art Now, examining “art and artists who bring us joy and perspective in today’s world”. | More

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