Columbia Museum of Art - Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite
Inspired by the writings of activist and Black nationalist Marcus Garvey, Brathwaite and his older brother, Elombe Brath, founded the African Jazz Arts Society and Studios (AJASS) and the Grandassa Models, a modeling agency for Black women. This exhibition returns us to the Naturally fashion shows of the 1960s walked by Grandassa models and produced by the African American artists, designers, musicians, hairdressers, writers, and jazz lovers of AJASS.
Images have power, and this is an important example of a creative collective formed in order to radically shift the dominant narrative at midcentury.
Exhibition organized by Aperture, New York and Kwame S. Brathwaite.
HCP - Tools of Revolution: Fashion Photography and Activism
Tools of Revolution: Fashion Photography and Activism presents the underrecognized photographic work of Harlem-based, Civil Rights activist and photographer, Kwame Brathwaite, and positions his legacy in the current moment through the work of three young artists similarly working at the nexus of fashion, activism, and photography in New York. Featuring the work of Kwame Brathwaite, Dana Scruggs, Arielle Bob-Willis and Micaiah Carter.
Duro Olowu's exhibition turns his cosmopolitan eye to Chicago. Drawing from the city’s public and private art collections including works in the MCA’s collection, Olowu curates a show that reimagines relationships between artists and objects across time, media, and geography. Moving away from traditional exhibition formats, Olowu combines photographs, paintings, sculptures, and films in dense and textural scenes that incorporate his own work.
MOAD - Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite
Featuring over forty photographs of black women and men with natural hair and clothes that reclaimed their African roots, Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, organized by Aperture Foundation, New York, is the first-ever major exhibition dedicated to this key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.
Philip Martin Gallery - This Synthetic Moment: Replicant
Philip Martin Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition curated by David Hartt.
Chino Amobi, Lewis Baltz, Kwame Brathwaite, Lynne Cohen, Andrew Esiebo, Rick Farin, David Hartt, Joanne Petit-Frére, Gabriella Torres-Ferrer, Wilmer Wilson IV and Christopher Wool. There will be an opening reception Saturday, July 13 from 6-8pm. The opening reception will be followed by a conversation between David Hartt and musician, songwriter and producer Van Dyke Parks at 8pm. A music and video performance by Tomory Dodge and Cheryl Cambras will then follow the conversation.
MFA Houston - Icons of Style
The images date from 1911 to the present, a sweeping arc that captures the spirit of more than a century of human culture, dreams and desires. With their aspirational intent, these images collectively illustrate how people perceive beauty. To Daniel and Volpe’s credit, the diversity doesn’t just begin with Kwame Brathwaite and the Black is Beautiful movement of the 1960s. In the early 20th century, photographers such as James Van Der Zee and Charles “Teenie” Harris conveyed the glamorous aspects of life in early-20th-century Harlem and Pittsburgh, respectively.
Skirball Cultural Center -Black is Beautiful The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite
In the first major museum exhibition to honor the his work, the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles will present Black is Beautiful The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite in conjunction with the release of his first monograph by Aperture Foundation. Opening night is April 11, 2019 and will feature a panel moderated by Kwame S. Brathwaite (Archive Director and son of the photographer) and will have panelists Mimi Plange (Fashion Designer) and Tyler Mitchell (Fashion Photographer) and (Oscar winning Costume Designer) Ruth Carter.