These Art Exhibitions In 2024 Are At the Top of Our Culture Roster (2024)

Buckle up, art enthusiasts! This year is primed to be another year of groundbreaking brilliance from Black artists. A tapestry of Black exhibitions and experiences will be explored nationwide, from African art from the Middle Ages to the personal art collection of EBONY cover star Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. The works featured bring joy, beauty, and unbridled imagination to every installation.

From soul-stirring canvases to immersive installations, prepare to be moved, inspired and even challenged by these exhibitions that promise to ignite conversations and leave you breathless with their sheer creative force.

Futuristic Ancestry: Warping Matter and Space-time(s), Fotografiska New York—New York City

French multimedia artist JosèfaNtjam has her first institutional solo show in the U.S. featuring a selection of new works, including biomorphic sculptures, photomontages printed on plexiglass and aluminum and the U.S. debut of Matter Gone Wild. This immersive video installation bends perceptions of space, time, historical narrative and cultural identity as it pushes the limits of moving-image technology. From February 2 through May 2024.

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Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898–1971, Detroit Institute of Arts—Detroit, Michigan

Honoring the legacy of African American filmmakers and actors from the dawn of cinema to the aftermath of the Civil Rights, Regeneration's collection of historical photographs, costumes, props, posters and interactive elements seeks to revive lost and forgotten films, filmmakers and performers for a contemporary audience. From February 4 through June 23, 2024.

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Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys, Brooklyn Museum—Brooklyn, New York

Following the philosophy of “Black artists supporting Black artists,” Giantsis the first major exhibition devoted to the power couple’s world-class holdings of works by multigenerational Black diasporic artists. It includes the monumental works of Derrick Adams, Arthur Jafa, Meleko Mokgosi, Kwame Brathwaite, Ebony G. Patterson (pictured up top) and more. From February 10 through July 7, 2024.

Entryways: Nontsikelelo Mutiti, ICA Philadelphia—Philadelphia

Zimbabwean-born visual artist and educator Nontsikelelo Mutiti is presenting the inaugural project of a new series that commissions artists to activate the façade of ICA’s building in partnership with Maharam. Mutiti combines African hair braiding patterns with symbols often found in ironwork. From February 10 through December 1, 2024. The Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, reopening in February 2024, will also present works from Tomashi Jackson, Dominique White and Alberta Whittle and more Black artists.

Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage, Museum of Fine Arts—Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts: Houston is hosting the first major museum exhibition devoted to exploring the breadth and complexity of Black identity and experiences in the United States through collage. Artists from multiple generations examine cultural hybridity, gender fluidity, historical memory and notions of beauty and power.

"Then I Knew I Was Good at Painting”: Esther Mahlangu, A Retrospective, Iziko MuseumsSouth Africa

From February 18 through August 11, 2024, Dr. Mahlangu's seven decades of contributions to contemporary art are captured in this exhibition traveling in its homeland. Showcasing the South African artist'shistoric BMW 525i Art Carand her vast array of vibrant geometric worksinspired by amaNdebele house paintings, the retrospective will arrive in the United States in early 2026.

The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism,The Metropolitan Museum of Art—New York City

This groundbreaking exhibition will establish the Harlem Renaissance as the first African-American-led movement of international modern art, featuring 160 works from Black artists portraying everyday modern life in the new Black cities during the great migration.From February 25 through July 28, 2024.

Archiving Revolution: The Spectacle of Power in Late 20th Century Ghana, Howard University—Washington, D.C.

The body of work from prolific Ghanaian photographer Gerald Annan-Forson is on display for the first time in the US. With work that reveals the political upheavals and social transformations in Ghana during the last decades of the twentieth century, the Annan-Forsen collection tells a visual story of postcolonial Africa and a pictorial history filled with violence and aspiration. From February 26 through August 2024.

HomeAgain, Newfields: A Place for Nature & the Arts—Indianapolis, Indiana

Brooklyn-based artist Heather Hart shares three brand-new sculptures centered around home and shelter, along with the canary yellow interactive rooftopOracle of Intimation, where guests can climb through the windows and make the roof their stage. Home Again is the first installation ofThe Hawryluk Collection of Art in Nature, a new series of outdoor public art installations in The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. From April 24, 2024.

Africa & Byzantium, Cleveland Museum of Art—Cleveland, Ohio

Africa & Byzantiumexplores the complex artistic relationships between northern and eastern African kingdoms and the Byzantine Empire, their impact and the cultural legacy of that interaction in the form of the living traditions still practiced today. This is the first international loan exhibition to treat this subject with more than 160 works of secular and sacred art, including large-scale frescoes, mosaics, luxury goods, jewelry, panel paintings, architectural elements, textiles and illuminated manuscripts. The exhibition is organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art.From April 14 through July 21, 2024.

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Simone Leigh, LACMA—Los Angeles

A traveling exhibition organized by the ICA Boston and co-presented by LACMA and the California African AmericanMuseum, Simone Leigh is the first comprehensive survey of the richly layered work of this celebrated artist. Featuring approximately 20 years of Leigh’s production in ceramic, bronze, video and installation and addressing a wide swath of historical periods, geographies and traditions, Leigh's art references vernacular and hand-made processes from across the African diaspora, as well as forms traditionally associated with African art and architecture. From May 26, 2024, through Jan 20, 2025.

TA Union of Hope: 1869, Tenement Museum—New York City

The historic New York City tenement building, 97 Orchard Street, has an all-new permanent apartment exhibit telling the story of Joseph and Rachel Moore, Black New Yorkers who made their home in Lower Manhattan’s tenements in the 1860s and 1870s. Now open.

These Art Exhibitions In 2024 Are At the Top of Our Culture Roster (2024)
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