London Gallery to Host Exhibition Benefiting Ava DuVernary’s LEAP
Signature African Art, a gallery specializing in contemporary African art with locations in London and Lagos, Nigeria, will host two iterations of an exhibition titled “Say My Name.” The show is curated by Khalil Akar and presented by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, with 40 percent of the proceeds from work sold being donated to DuVernay’s Law Enforcement Accountability Project (LEAP), which launched in June. The first version of “Say My Name” will be staged at the gallery’s London space from October 27–November 28 and include new work by Adjaratou Ouedraogo, Ejiro Owigho, Anthony Nsofor, Giggs Kgole, Ayanfe Olarinde, Moufouli Bello, Dandelion Eghosa, Oluwole Omofemi, Demola Ogunajo, Samson Akinnire, Dennis Osakue, Taiye Erewele, and Djakou Nathalie. The second version will take place in Los Angeles in February. In a statement, DuVernay said the exhibition will “showcase the galvanizing work of thirteen dynamic Black artists as they tackle issues of justice and dignity through their art practice.”
Gauri Gill Is Now Represented by James Cohan Gallery
New York’s James Cohan Gallery has added Gauri Gill to its roster. Gill is known for her photographs of everyday life in India, most notably for images as part of a series called “Acts of Appearance,” in which her sitters appear wearing traditional sacred masks. Gill’s work was the subject of a 2018 solo show at MoMA PS1 in New York, and her photography has also been shown in editions of Documenta, the Venice Biennale, and the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. James Cohan Gallery is now featuring her work in an online viewing room on its site.
National Gallery of Art Names 2020–21 Visiting Professors
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has named the visiting professors joining the museum’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts for the 2020–21 period. Among the scholars selected to teach at the center, which will be offering its studies virtually this year, are art historian Huey Copeland and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian director Peneleope Jane Curtis. A full list is available on the National Gallery of Art’s website.