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Culture notes: Spelman Museum leader to co-curate in Havana; High names ‘12 Driskell Prize winner

From Spelman to Havana

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art director Andrea Barnwell Brownlee has been selected to co-curate an exhibit in May at the Havana Biennial. It marks the first time in its 28-year history that the Cuban contemporary art exhibition has selected a U.S. curatorial team to exhibit.

Brownlee will join Valerie Cassel Oliver, senior curator at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, in remounting the exhibit “Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970.” The 2007 show documented two generations of women artists of the African Diaspora working in film and video.

In Havana, the reconfigured show will feature eight artists, including Berni Searle, Lorna Simpson and Carrie Mae Weems. Information: (click: Upcoming Exhibitions). HOWARD POUSNER

New York artist wins 2012 Driskell Prize
The High Museum of Art has named New York artist Rashid Johnson as the 2012 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize. Named after the noted African-American artist and art scholar, the annual prize, in its eighth year, recognizes a scholar or artist in the beginning or middle of his or her career whose work contributes to the field of African-American art or art history.

The shifting nature of identity and one’s role in that shift are at the root of his work, which deconstructs the notion of a monolithic African-American identity by addressing matters such education and class differences.

Johnson, who will have his first major museum show this year at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, works in a variety of media, including photography, sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking.

He will be honored at a dinner in Atlanta on May 5. A cash award of $25,000 accompanies the prize, the first national award of its sort. More information: (click Press Releases). HOWARD POUSNER

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