“Roots Run Deep: A Survey of Contemporary Black Hair Culture” at Pittsburgh’s Brew House Association Gallery

Curator Tara Fay Coleman taps 16 artists for a comprehensive exhibition on tradition, celebration, style and identity

Independent curator Tara Fay Coleman’s new exhibition, Roots Run Deep: A Survey of Contemporary Black Hair Culture, strives to spotlight “how hair is used as a medium to articulate creativity across the diaspora by highlighting the natural hair movement, ritual and intimacy, sacred spaces, intergenerational connectedness, Afrofuturism, and history.” This exhibition, on now at the Gallery of the Brew House Association through 6 March, responds …

Interview: Artist Hebru Brantley on the Opening of Chicago’s Nevermore Park

Part art exhibition, part theater, the project aims to represent and attract people who rarely visit galleries

Hebru Brantley‘s work spans various mediums. His iconographic style centers on two characters: Flyboy and Lil Mama. He’ll plaster them as massive murals on the sides of buildings, paint them on canvas, collaborate on sculptures of them, and more. In the sub-10 years of their existence, Flyboy and Lil Mama have gone from imaginary friends of his to internationally recognized heroes. Brantley has also done …

The Overlooked Art of Norman Lewis as Explained by Tarin M Fuller, Director of His Estate

Following a recent acquisition by the Whitney Museum, the artist is finding a new audience 40 years after his death

Born in Harlem, in 1909, Norman Lewis led a life laden with art and activism. Unlike many of his peers, he chose to separate the two—even though they influenced one another. As an African-American artist (especially one active from 1930 until his death in 1979) it was expected that his art would document the plight and putrid treatment of black Americans—and that it make a direct …