Curated by William Villalongo and Mark Gibson
January 19 – March 11, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 21, 6 - 8pm
32 Edgewood Gallery
Yale University School of Art
New Haven, CT 06511
Gallery Hours: 12-6:00pm Tues.-Sun.
Black Pulp! is an unprecedented overview of over 90 years of Black image production by Black publishers, Black artists and by non-Black artists and publishers allied with foregrounding the Black experience. Many works on view offer up windows into the darker, erotic, satirical, and more absurd recesses of the Black popular imagination; while underscoring important debates around personhood and identity.
Contemporary artists include: Derrick Adams, Laylah Ali, Firelei Baez, Nayland Blake, Robert Colescott, Renee Cox, William Downs, Ellen Gallagher, Deborah Grant, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Lucia Hierro, Isaac Julien, William Pope L., Kerry James Marshal, Wangechi Mutu, Lamar Peterson, Kenny Rivero, Alexandria Smith, Felandus Thames, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker and Fred Wilson.
a two-person exhibition featuring Karmimadeebora McMillan and Alexandria Smith
January 10 - February 21, 2016
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 10th 4-6pm
334 Grand Ave.
Summer 2015 News
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Madison, ME
June 6 - August 8, 2015
Virginia A. Myers Visiting Artist in Printmaking 2015-16
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
No one belongs here more than you
A new installation by Alexandria Smith
June 3-27, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 4, 2015 6-8pm
Sunday, June 14, 2015 2-4pm
Panel Discussion: "Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power"
featuring: Sheila Pepe, Chitra Ganesh, Greg Tate and Sam Vernon; moderated by Alexandria Smith
155 Plymouth St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6PM
Africa's Out Inaugural Exhibition, Celebration and Auction
Fri. June 5, 2015 at 6pm - Sat. June 6, 2015 12am
Barbara Gladstone Gallery
515 W. 24th, NY, NY 10011
Africa's Out! was founded by Artist and Activist, Wangechi Mutu, as a dynamic, far-reaching platform to initiate, create, and make happen the radical ideas that change the way we ALL engage with Africa and, more specifically, the way Africans reach out to empower one another.
Huffington Post Feature and Interview
"Alexandria Smith's Adorably Grotesque Cartoons Explore What Little Girls Are Made Of"
A solo exhibition of new works
September 7 – November 2, 2014
Opening Reception: September 7, 6-8 pm
52 Orchard St. NY, NY 10002
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 12-6 pm
Sunday 1-6 pm and by appointment
THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF NTOZAKE SHANGE’S for colored girls
i found god in myself
A multimedia group exhibition featuring 20 specially commissioned pieces in honor of the individual poems in Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.
September 19, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard NY, NY 10037
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
notions of being
a site-specific collage installation
August 30, 2014 – June 30 , 2015
Opening Reception: August 30, 7-9pm
242 Commercial St. Provincetown, MA 02657
Hours: Daily 10 am – 10 pm
Thierry Goldberg Gallery
Austin Eddy, Anthony Miler, and Alexandria Smith
February 9 - March 9, 2014
Opening Reception: February 9th from 6-8pm
Thierry Goldberg Gallery
103 Norfolk Street
New York, NY 10002
Gallery Hours: Wed - Sun, 11-6
"Out Thru The Sun"
A solo exhibition of new works by Alexandria Smith
Hudson D. Walker Gallery
24 Pearl St.
Provincetown, MA 02657
Opening Reception: January 31st 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday from 9AM-5PM
"I See You: The Politics of Being"
This exhibition presents the work of six contemporary artists who expand the constructs of female identity in the 21st century. Surveying the range of ideas and illusions of the feminine mystique, this exhibition explores how women of the African Diaspora are seen, from their perspective and through the eyes of others. Juxtaposing historical ideologies and the contemporary, and self-presentation and imposed representation, the viewer is centered within a global community of image making and identity from a female perspective. Whether through implications of the body, or figurative representations of women, this mixed-media exhibition explores the artists' desires to deconstruct and redefine history, identity and culture.
Opening January 24th
The artists featured in I SEE YOU: The Politics of Being include ruby onyinyechi amanze, Endia Beal, Michaela Pilar Brown, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Toyin Odutola and Alexandria Smith.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
at Levine Center for the Arts
551 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
"Context and Counteractions"
Selected Works by the 2013-2014 FAWC Visual Arts Fellows
January 10 – February 23, 2014
Opening: January 10, 6PM
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
460 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
October - May: 12 to 5 pm, Thursday- Sunday
Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship
Honored to receive the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship!!!
The Fine Arts Work Center offers a unique residency for writers and visual artists in the crucial early stages of their careers. Located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, an area with a long history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty Fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend. *Residencies run from October 1 through May *1.
Golden Artist Foundation Residency
Excited to announce that I will be attending the Golden Foundation for the Arts Residency in August. Please check back in September for updates to the website with new work created during this residency.
"The Legacy of Romare"
curated by Danny Simmons
334 Grand Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Nov. 11th – Dec. 22nd
Opening Reception Sun. Nov. 11 4 - 6pm
"TO BE YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK IN THE AGE OF OBAMA"
Kentler International Drawing Space
353 Van Brunt Street (Red Hook), Brooklyn, New York 11231
September 7 – October 21, 2012
OPENING: Friday, September 7, 6 - 8pm
CURATOR'S TALK: Sunday, September 23, 4pm
CURATED BY: Camille Ann Brewer
"I Am What Astonishment Can Bear" Solo Exhibit
Reginald Ingraham Gallery
977 N. Hill St, Los Angeles, California 90012
September 13 - October 20, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13, 2012 7:00pm - 10:00pm in PDT (Artist Attending)
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 15 2-4pm PDT
African American Stories & Uncle Remus Redux: Contemporary Visions of How Time Goes by Turns
My paintings will be featured in a two-part exhibition “African American Stories,” curated by artist Euphema Robinson and “Uncle Remus Redux: Contemporary Visions of How Time Goes by Turns ” co-curated by poets Randall Horton and Sam Truitt. It is also part of the gallery’s celebration of Black History Month. Provocative works in all media reference the Br’er Rabbit folktales originally published in 1881 are on display at the Greene County Council on the Arts Catskill Gallery.
Both exhibits are open Jan. 21 through Feb. 25 at the GCCA Gallery, 398 Main St., Catskill, NY. The Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact 943-3400 or visit www.greenearts.org.
Stone Canoe Arts Journal
I am the featured artist in Stone Canoe 6: A Journal of Arts, Literature and Social Commentary and also the recipient of the Stone Canoe Visual Arts Award.
My drawings will be featured in the annual Stone Canoe Art Exhibit to be held at the XL Projects Gallery, January 20 through February 4, 2012.
Opening Reception will be held on February 4th from 6-8pm.
XL Projects Gallery
307-313 Clinton Street
Syracuse, NY 13204
Gallery hours: Wednesday - Saturday 12-6p
Curate NYC Exhibition
My painting, "Wayward Delight" was selected to be featured in the Curate NYC group exhibition from December 2-11, 2011.
Opening Reception: December 2, 2011 6-8pm
Bill Hodges Gallery
24 West 57th St. bet. 5th & 6th ave.
Tues-Fri 10a-6p / Sat. 12:30- 5:30p
Hope you can join us!
Curate NYC is an initiative by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Full Spectrum Experience, Inc. Curate NYC is a juried exhibition and online platform that exists to heighten exposure and opportunities for New York City visual artists. The project also helps promote New York City’s image as a vital cultural hub.
Dirty Sensibilities: A 21st Century Exploration of the New American Black South
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 13, 2011 6 - 9pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 6 - 8:30pm
On View: October 14, 2011 through January 27, 2012
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
408 W. 58th Street bet. 9th and 10th Aves.
New York, NY
212.307.7420 ext. 3008
The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute is proud to announce Dirty Sensibilities: A 21st Century Exploration of the New American Black South
Curated by: Shantrelle P. Lewis
Al Janae Hamilton
frank d. robinson
This unprecedented, multi-media exhibition presents work by a group of intergenerational Southern artists of African descent that have examined contemporaneous realities of life in the South from a cultural, political, cosmological and sociological perspective.
America’s southern states are often viewed monolithically, through a narrow and stereotypical lens of a romanticized antebellum past, post Civil War unrest, and 20th Century Civil Rights politics. Dirty Sensibilities explores current issues such as race relations in the Age of Obama, the survival of Southern folk traditions, post-Civil Rights realities, the significance of relationships with elders and the creation of a new Southern aesthetic.
“Much of what is known about the Black experience in the South focuses on a historical period often directly related to the oppression of enslaved Africans, their struggle for liberation and their struggles for Civil Rights after the brief period of progress experienced during Reconstruction. However, the Southern narrative includes a history rich in culture, spirituality and Africanisms that have thrived over the past four hundred plus years,” states the exhibition’s curator Shantrelle P. Lewis. “This exhibition seeks to explore those idiosyncrasies that are unique to the region of the United States situated below the Mason Dixon Line.”
Solo Exhibition!!! It Just Feels Right To Me: Process, Product, Ponder
Rush Arts Gallery
526 W. 26th Street Suite 311
New York, NY
Summer Gallery Hours: Tues - Fri 12-6pm
OPENING THURSDAY, AUGUST 18th from 6-8 pm
August 18 - September 3, 2011
Artist-In-Residence Alexandria Smith Presents New Paintings and Drawings About Girlhood and Racial Memory
Rush Arts Gallery is pleased to present It Just Feels Right To Me: Process, Product, Ponder, the first solo exhibition of artist Alexandria Smith.
The exhibition explores themes of identity, violence and childhood innocence through two concurrent bodies of work. Smith captures young girls engaging in illusory play that borders between sexual investigation, and innocuous play a Smith’s girls, captured in mocking scenes of self-humiliation in a hostile environment of their own, eerily absent of adults, latently struggle for power. Employing a vibrant palette, based in nostalgia, Smith uses a cartoon vernacular to reference racial stereotypes to further evolve her personal narrative. Smith’s work is inspired by the characterization of Claymation and cartoons and meta-historical concepts. Her works probe into the idealized, taboo versions of black girlhood to reveal the unspoken realities.
Smith’s series of charcoal and pen and ink drawings in the exhibition takes the loosely autobiographical character of “Marjorie”, a hooded and pigtailed figure innocent enough to be wrapped in a bow, and thrusts her into a world somewhere between the mythical and the real. Marjorie navigates desolate, dilapidated landscapes: illustrating a “coming of age” metaphor; an attempt to discover home, understand womanhood and uncover her cultural identity after surviving psychic trauma.
"A Close Conversation" Two-Person Exhibit
featuring the work of Alexandria Smith and Monique Schubert
May 26 - June 5th, 2011
Opening Reception: May 26, 2011 from 6-9pm
473 Broadway 7th Floor
bet. Broome St. & Grand St.
Alexandria Smith has just been awarded the BRIC Media Arts Fellowship from June 2011-June 2012
The RUSH Arts Gallery Summer Artist Residency which culminates in a solo exhibition entitled, "Process, Product, Ponder" from August 18, 2011 - September 2, 2011.
More new work to come!!!
Affordable Art Fair
I will have some drawings for sale in "Post",the Recent Graduates Exhibition booth at The Affordable Art Fair Spring 2011.
When: May 5-8, 2011
Where: 7W New York, Booth A-2
7 West 34th Street near 5th Avenue
The 9th Annual A.I.R. Gallery Biennial
I have a new large scale drawing featured in the A.I.R. 9th Annual Biennial exhibition which will be on view at the A.I.R.Gallery March 2 - 27, 2011 juried by ALEXANDRA SCHWARTZ (MoMA; Montclair Art Museum)
Closing Reception: Sunday, March 27, 4-6 pm
The 9th Annual A.I.R. Gallery Biennial
A Juried Exhibition Open to All Women Artists
111 Front Street #228
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours Wednesday through Sunday • 11am to 6pm
"Sex Crimes Against Black Girls"
Two of my paintings will be featured in the exhibit "Sex Crimes Against Black Girls" exhibit at the Brooklyn Restoration Plaza's Skylight Gallery thru April 2, 2011. I hope that you can check it out!!!
Sex Crimes Against Black Girls
Brooklyn Restoration Plaza
1368 Fulton St 3rd. fl
Brooklyn, NY 11216
"Gender Matters/Matters of Gender Exhibit"
My painting "Some Kind of Eden" will be included in the Gender Matters / Matters of Gender Exhibition, which will be on view at the Freedman Gallery at Albright College, March 23rd – April 20th. The opening reception is on March 24th, from 6-8pm. If you are near Reading, PA, I hope you can make it!
Gender Matters / Matters of Gender
13th & Bern Streets
P.O. Box 15234
Reading, PA 19612
Please view the exhibit, "Gentrified" at Brooklyn Artists Gym 168 7th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215 through Jan. 8. I will be exhibiting my painting, "Good Neighbors".
The gallery will be closed from Dec 24th through Dec 27th. The gallery will be open on Dec 28th, 29th and 30th from 12-5pm. They will close again for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Regular business hours resume on Monday January 3rd (Mon-Fri 11-6pm). Hope you can make it!!!
The Distillery Gallery and Artspace
Mapping Race Exhibit
October 2 – October 29, 2010
Artist Talk - Sunday, October 24 from 2-4pm
Jersey City Artist Studio Tour – October 2 & 3, 2010
Opening Reception Saturday October 2, 6:30 PM
When people think of race it is common to think of the boundaries between people, power dynamics between groups or various race-based inequality.Through this exhibit we seek to understand the various ways that artists explore the broad topic of race. Examples of mapping race can be pieces that analyze geographic spaces in relation to racial identities such as catastrophic events like the earthquake in Haiti or Pakistan, works inspired by the coming together of races which culminated in the election of Barack Obama, works that take on the recent racialization of religion, debates around immigration or that approach race from a more holistic perspective by exploring the human race. The artists in this exhibit look at race through a variety of different lenses, painting in different shades and carving through different layers.
The Distillery Gallery and Artspace
7 Hutton St
Jersey City, NJ 07307
Parsons MFA Thesis Exhibit
Please join us!!!
Parsons MFA Thesis Exhibit curated by Margaret Clinton
Thursday, May 13, 2010
6:00pm - 9:00pm @ The Kitchen 512 West 19th Street bet. 10 and 11th Ave. NYC
Personal Narratives: Diaspora @ Clover's Fine Art Gallery
February 11th – March 7th
Closing Artist Panel Discussion: March 7th - 2-4pm
Clover's Fine Art Gallery
338 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Five Black artists are feature in Personal Narratives: Diaspora, an exhibition honoring Black History Month, opening Saturday, February 13, and running through, Monday, March 8, at Clover’s Fine Art Gallery, 338 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn
The artists, through their work, share their personal narratives of identity, race and history. They are:
Alexandria Smith is an MFA candidate at Parsons School of Design and an art educator in Harlem. Her drawings and paintings depict the continued story telling of the same character. “Chronicling the experience of being an African-American middle-class girl,” she says, “in present day society is the point of focus of my artwork. The desire and longing to belong is echoed in the portraits of these young preadolescent girls.” At Clover’s Fine Art Gallery, Smith is exhibiting a series of her small drawings that describe the journey of her character. The young girl is shown in a story book format as she searches for identity. The paintings, oil on wood panel, have a brighter color palette, and show the child engaged with classic American childhood experiences.
Johnnie Bess, a graduate of Howard University, is an artist, educator, and youth mentor for teens in Washington, D.C. His portraits are of friends in their natural urban environments. Bess “I am attempting to create a body of images,” he says, “that is reflective of those marginal and subtle nuances of daily life especially in the lives of indigenous peoples and African descendants throughout the Diaspora. I hope for these images to reflect the dynamic nature of the lives of people whom all too often in the visual arena are reduced to stereotypes and caricatures of themselves.” Playin Ya’self captures a young adolescent boy acting like tough guy with a cap gun. The adolescent is simultaneously threatening and innocent. The imagined background of the cityscape shows an abandoned lot and a one way sign, the painting captures a youth’s reaction to the social and media influences encompassing his youth.
Noel Copeland is a painter, sculptor, and draftsman, reminiscent of a Jamaican Picasso. And the founder of Monoco designs, an acronym for More Noel Copeland. His hand-crafted pottery combines traditional Japanese design with Jamaican characters and colors. He has installed public sculpture for the MTA at the East Broadway subway stop, and has shown internationally. In Personal Narratives: Diaspora, Copeland is showing pieces he has not shared before. The Gunman is a portrait of the artist’s brother who was gunned down at age 26 in gang violence in the 1980’s. Crack Head is a plaster portrait head penetrated with crack vials, similar in shape to a desperate face from Picasso’s Guernica. His limited color palette drawings are collages of memory and narrative. They are intimate reflections of subconscious, reflecting the inner Noel Copeland.
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is originally from Oklahoma City. “My work,” she explains, “is inspired by the distress and injustices that people around the world continue to experience. It's inspired by the beam of a child's innocent smile. It's inspired by the solemn look in a heartbroken woman's eyes. I'm an oil painter focusing on figures and portraits - portraits of people that have affected my life and the world that I live in.” Fazlalizadeh has been published in numerous magazines including The Source and Beyond Race - and has shown in a number of art galleries along the east coast including the historic inauguration exhibit, Manifest Hope:DC, in January 2009.
Francis Simeni was born in Lagos, Nigeria and was raised in Poland and then New York City. Having studied Illustration and Toy Design at FIT; Simeni works in oil, acrylic, watercolor and ink. He uses a limited palette on wood panels. His imagery comes from a collection of historic and personal sources. Sovereignty, an acrylic and oil on wood panel, depicts the story of King Leopold II of Belgium, who ran the Congo under a brutal regime. It became one of the most infamous international scandals of the turn of the 20th century.
The Gentrification of Brooklyn: The Pink Elephant Speaks Feb. 4 - May 16, 2010
Opening "Set it Off" Reception
Thursday, February 4, 2010
6:00pm - 9:00pm Free to the public
MoCADA (80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY)
Please view their website for additional info about public programs: mocada.org
This exhibition, guest curated by Dexter Wimberly, will examine how urban planning, imminent domain, and real estate development are affecting Brooklyn's communities and how residents throughout the borough are responding. The exhibition will include the works of several Brooklyn-based artists, as well as those who have been forced to relocate as a result of gentrification. In addition to works of art featured at MoCADA, there will be a schedule of public programs taking place throughout Brooklyn.
Josh Bricker (Installation), Oasa DuVerney (Illustration / Mixed-media), Zachary Fabri (Video), Irondale Ensemble (Theater Performance), Nathan Kensinger (Photography), Jess Levey (Photography / Outdoor Projections), Christina Massey (Painting), Musa (Sculpture), Tim Okamura (Painting), Kip Omalade (Painting), John Perry (Illustration), Michael Premo / Rachel Falcone (Photography / Multimedia), Adele Pham (Video), Marie Roberts (Painting), Gabriel Reese (Painting), Ali Santana (Music Video), Monique Schubert (Mixed-media), Alexandria Smith (Painting) and Sarah Nelson Wright (Installation)
Parsons MFA Open Studios is HERE!!!!
Please join the Parsons community on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 from 6-9pm for Parsons MFA Open Studios. I will be in studio #35. Open Studios is an opportunity for the public to view our studios and see new artwork. I hope to see you there!!!
New drawings on display in a group show entitled:
"draws and is charmed by moving"
Parsons Fine Arts Gallery
25 E. 13th St. bet. University Pl. and 5th Ave
thru Sept. 30, 2009
Parsons MFA Open Studios
Stay tuned for more info!!!
New Website Launch!!!
August 20, 2009