A radical communion of painting and writing, Art on the Frontline reckons with the leftist political potential of Black visual and expressive culture.
Alexandra M. Thomas
Alexandra M. Thomas is a PhD student in History of Art, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. Her research interests include: global modern and contemporary art, film, and performance; African and African diasporic arts and expressive cultures; and feminist and queer theory.
Mourning and Perseverance Stitched Into South African Tapestries
Members of the Keiskamma Art Project experiment with needlework to narrate pertinent histories, moments of communal grief and of vitality.
The Poetry of Black Daily Life in the Art of Whitfield Lovell
Each portrait in Lovell’s current exhibition is a lens through which to consider the complex humanity of Black subjectivity in American history.
A Transgenerational and Intercultural Look at Abstract Painting
“At the root of these works is the issue of poetics — painterly and textual for Jablon, dynamic, multicolor geometry for Odita.”
A Landmark Show of Black Women Artists Gets a Second Life
Fifty years ago, the historic Sapphire Show modeled a Black feminist ethics of uplifting one another when others fail to do so.
Rotimi Fani-Kayode Captures the Abundant Glow of Black Queer Life
In Tranquility of Communion, soul-stirring photographs blend Yoruba cosmologies, queer desire, and Baroque theatricality.
The Poetic Grace of Maren Hassinger’s Vessels
Lithe yet sturdy, Hassinger’s sheer organic forms belie their industrial materials.
At Last, Melvin Edwards’s Steel Abstractions Come to City Hall Park
Brighter Days is bound to transform what we imagine possible with monuments.
Off the Record Confronts Our Understanding of Objectivity
A forceful rejection of neutrality, the Guggenheim exhibition unearths the deeply biased natures of media and government systems.
Lorraine O’Grady’s First Retrospective Is Both Invigorating and Overdue
O’Grady’s rebellious spirit has roused the mainstream art world for close to 50 years, and her latest exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum is no exception.
Lessons on Propaganda: Visualizing Empire Counters the Colonial Archive
The Getty volume is replete with vital lessons on studying and historicizing imperial ephemera.
Mildred Thompson’s Confounding, Cosmological Abstractions
There’s a certain irony to the fact that Thompson, an artist who was so in-tune with the patterns of nature and the universe, posed such a fundamental challenge to mainstream art histories.