No. 570: vanessa german, Jacob Lawrence

Episode No. 570 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist vanessa german and curator Kimberli Gant.

german is included in “Start Talking: Fischer/Shull Collection of Contemporary Art,” an exhibition of gifts to the North Carolina Museum of Art pledged by Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull. The show is on view through February 5, 2023.

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum is presenting “THE RAREST BLACK WOMAN ON THE PLANET EARTH,” german’s response to the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, an early 20th-century cabinet of curiosities at Mount Holyoke. The exhibition is in previews through October 12, the artist will perform at the museum on October 13, at which point the show will remain on view through May 28, 2023.

german is showing recent work at New York City’s Kasmin Gallery in “Sad Rapper” through October 22.

With Ndubuisi Ezeluomba, Gant is the co-curator of “Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence and the Mbari Club” which is at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va. through January 8, 2023. The exhibition explores the connection between Lawrence and his contemporaries based in the Global South via the Nigerian journal “Black Orpheus” and the presentation of their work at Nigeria’s Mbari Artists & Writers Club. After debuting in Norfolk, the show will travel to New Orleans and Toledo. The exhibition is accompanied by an outstanding catalogue published by Yale University Press in association with the Chrysler and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $50.

Instagram: vanessa german, Kimberli Gant, Tyler Green.

Air date: October 6, 2022.

vanessa german, MOTHER, MOTHER, 2020.

Installation view of vanessa german, I am armed. I am an army, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, 2016.

Installation view of vanessa german, sometimes. we. Cannot. be. With. Our. Bodies., Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, 2017.

vanessa german, Souvenir of Our Trip, 2013.

vanessa german, TV Man, 2022.

vanessa german, Black Swan, or, The Envy, 2022.

vanessa german, The Work Boots//Black Bird, 2021, work boots found at the Santa Monica flea market given to me by a man who thought that i looked pretty in my red dress, love, rage, the heat of the skin of Black Men who worked in the steel mills and still couldn’t get a foreman to look them in the eye, love, heat, rage, meanness, clarity of purpose, Toni Morrison telling us about the flying Africans, the breeze from the wings of the flying Africans, love, the sight line from a downtown Los Angeles roof top, old nails from a house near my house, wood, hair grease, keys, forgiveness big enough to make us forget any other way of being, justice the shape of Black Women relaxing for years and years and years, astroturf, tears, pain, desperation, buttons, rhinestone patches red shoelaces.

Cover of Black Orpheus 4

Jacob Lawrence, Street to Mbari, 1964.

Jacob Lawrence, Meat Market, 1964.

Alexander “Skunder” Boghossian, Night Flight of Dread and Delight, 1964.

Alexander “Skunder” Boghossian, Untitled, 1966.

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