Culture Type: Black Radical Women: This Spring, Several Group Shows Bring Together Works by African American Female Artists

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Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter (BWAforBLM) is taking over Project Row Houses in Houston’s Third Ward. The artist collective is programming seven art houses, creating spaces for dialogue to raise issues that impact the lives and movement of black people. Through performances, site-specific installations, objects, and multimedia, black women artists are providing a platform for sharing the experiences of black people and shining a light on racial injustice. Choosing activism as a response to racism, BWAforBLM was first organized during Simone Leigh‘s 2016 residency and exhibition at the New Museum in New York.

Culture Type: Artists Hank Willis Thomas, Nick Cave, and Rick Lowe are Among the African American Creatives Addressing 2016 Commencments

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Otis College of Art & Design awarded an honorary doctorate to Rick Lowe who served as commencement speaker at the Los Angeles school. Otis counts David Hammons (1972), Kerry James Marshall (1978) andAllison Saar (1981) among its alumni. Charles White (1918-1979) was a longtime faculty member.

“One of the biggest responsibilities of artists is to utilize their creativity to push things. That’s the one thing that we should always hold dear. We don’t accept things as they are. We want to push them further,” Lowe told the Class of 2016.