This Week in Black Artwork and Tradition: Muhammad Ali Paintings Sells for practically $1 Million {Dollars}, Rob Hill Appointed Director of the Sugar Hill Museum, Solange Begins Free Library and Extra – Sugarcane Journal ™

This week in Black artwork and tradition, Sugar Hill Kids’s Museum in Harlem appointed Rob Fields as its new director. Bonhams auctioned paintings by Muhammad Ali for practically $1 million. Meg Onli was named director and curator of the Underground Museum in Los Angeles. Ethnic Research grew to become an upcoming requirement for all California public highschool college students. Former Nike designer D’Wayne Edwards expressed hopes to reopen Michigan’s solely traditionally Black school. Saint Heron, Solange’s inventive company, and Rosa Duffy launched a free library of uncommon books and works by Black artists. 



Above: Rob Fields. ( Picture from

Sugar Hill Museum Appoints Rob Fields as Its Director

Rob Fields has been named as the subsequent director of Harlem’s Sugar Hill Museum of Artwork and Storytelling. Lauren Kelley, who led the college for 3 years earlier than stepping down in June 2020 to hunt different potentialities, is Fields’ predecessor. Charlene Melville, affiliate government director of Broadway Housing Communities, has been serving as interim director. He was the president and government director of Weeksville Heritage Advanced in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the place he oversaw the transformation of this 50-year-old historic property and cultural middle. 

Fields labored extensively with authorities leaders to assist the group change into the primary new member of the NYC Cultural Establishments Group since 1998, securing long-term Metropolis financing. He has been a frequent visitor on NPR and has written for Forbes, PSFK, the Huffington Put up, The Root, The Grio, and different publications. Fields, who took over the publish on Sept. 27, “envisions a considerate return to the core storytelling and artmaking choices of the Museum’s current previous, in addition to activating the exhibition areas by way of thrilling visible arts and efficiency choices. He additionally sees the Museum’s potential for field-wide influence,” in accordance with a press release issued by the museum.

The museum’s fall season opens with the twin exhibit, Dwelling/_other Nature – Cicadas on Oct. 16. Co-curated by Charlene Melville, the affiliate government director of Broadway Housing Communities and former Sugar Hill Kids’s Museum artist-in-residence Damien Davis, the present options the work of Max Colby, Suchitra Mattai, Albert Peguero and Cecile Chong, and will probably be on view on Saturdays by way of Feb. 19, 2022. The Museum additionally will current its second annual Storytelling Competition on Oct. 16, which kicks off the weekly return of the Museum’s Saturday Story Hour every Saturday by way of the tip of the yr. 



Above: Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), Sting Like A Bee, 1978
Felt pen and acrylic paint on paper, Unsigned, Framed.

Muhammad Ali Paintings Auctioned for Nearly $1 Milllion 

Over a dozen items by Muhammad Ali had been auctioned on Oct. 12 at Bonhams for a complete of $945,500. Ali’s Sting Like a Bee (1978) bought for $425,000 to a British collector, greater than double its base value of $40,000 and greater than 10 instances the public sale home’s lowest estimate. 

Rodney Hilton Brown, the creator of Muhammad Ali: The Untold Story: Painter, Poet, and Prophet, held the most important non-public assortment of the famed boxer’s work ever bought at public sale, in accordance with Bonhams. Ali realized to color from his father, Cassius Clay Sr. and painted and drew “informally” as a toddler, in accordance with the public sale home, earlier than studying from LeRoy Neiman. The second-highest sale was Ali’s 1979 portray of an American flag with the phrases, “I Love You America,” which included his signature. 

Meg Onli Named Director of Underground Museum L.A.

Meg Onli has been named director and curator of the Underground Museum in Los Angeles. She comes from Philadelphia’s Institute of Up to date Artwork, the place she has been an affiliate curator since 2019. The Los Angeles native will co-lead the group alongside Cristina Pacheco, the director and COO. Pacheco has been on the Underground Museum’s board of administrators since 2015, and has served as short-term director and COO since 2020. The Underground Museum was based in 2012 by artists Karon and Noah Davis over 4 shops in LA’s Arlington Heights neighborhood. 

Onli was the primary recipient of the Determine Skating Prize earlier this yr, a brand new honor from Determine Skating, an arts group, that will probably be granted yearly to a Black artist, curator, or up to date artwork researcher who’s working to advance fairness and racial justice within the arts. In 2016, Onli grew to become an affiliate curator on the Philadelphia ICA, and in 2020, she established the Artwork for Philadelphia marketing campaign, which earned greater than $100,000 for native community-led abolitionist organizations. She is going to start her new job on Dec. 1. 

Ethnic Research Training Requirement Turns into Legislation in California

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed laws on Friday mandating all public highschool college students in California to take an ethnic research course earlier than commencement. The measure, AB 101, will take impact within the 2025-2026 faculty yr and mandates public colleges to supply a minimum of one semester-long ethnic research course to college students in grades nine-12, by 2025, and it’ll make completion of 1 course obligatory for the category graduating in 2030. Traditionally marginalized ethnic and racial teams, reminiscent of African People, Latinos, Asian People, Pacific Islanders and Native People would be the emphasis of the course. Lesson plans on Jewish, Arab, Sikh, and Armenian People additionally will probably be out there. 

Newsom stated that college students “should perceive our nation’s full historical past if we count on them to at some point construct a extra simply society. Ethnic research programs allow college students to study their very own tales—and people of their classmates.” California is the primary state within the U.S. to make the course a requirement for highschool commencement.

As soon as-Shuttered Lewis School of Enterprise To Reopen

The Lewis School of Enterprise will reopen for college students in December, in accordance with a press release launched by town of Detroit on Tuesday. Former Nike and Air Jordan designer Dr. D’Wayne Edwards will reopen the HBCU, which shuttered its doorways in 2013. Edwards is the founding father of Portland, Oregon’s PENSOLE Design Academy. The revived faculty is to be named the PENSOLE Lewis School of Enterprise and Design (PLC). 

In accordance with Edwards, it will likely be the nation’s solely HBCU to reopen after being closed. Goal, Cleveland Cavaliers proprietor Dan Gilbert, and the Gilbert Household Basis all have expressed a need to reopen the college. The newly renamed establishment will collaborate with the School of Artistic Research (CCS), a Detroit-based artwork faculty the place PLC will probably be housed till a everlasting house is secured. Approval from the Michigan Division of Training is the ultimate hurdle, as each the state legislature and the mayor have expressed assist for the reopening. 


Above: Rosa Duffy ( from Instagram)

Free Library from Saint Heron and Rosa Duffy

Saint Heron, Solange Knowles’ inventive company and Rosa Duffy have put collectively a library housing a digital and print assortment with greater than 50 titles. The library’s focus is schooling, information manufacturing, inventive inspiration and ability improvement by way of works by artists, designers, historians and activists from world wide. Provided seasonally with alternatives by visitor curators, the gathering of uncommon, author-inscribed and out-of-print literary works permits readers to borrow a e book of their selecting for 45 days without charge. 

Rosa Duffy, founding father of the Atlanta-based Group Bookstore and the studying room, “For Retains Books,” is guest-curating the primary season of the Saint Heron Library, which runs from Oct. 18 to Nov. 30. Aesop, a multinational skincare model, is sponsoring the primary season of the Saint Heron Library. Debtors are allowed to take out one e book at a time. To maintain the library free for readers, books will probably be despatched by way of Worldnet and can embody transport and return-postage bills. Objects misplaced or broken whereas on mortgage will probably be charged to the borrower at full alternative price, plus supply prices if relevant, utilizing bank card info on file. The library is accessible by way of Saint Heron’s web site, beginning Monday, Oct. 18. 

– Compiled by Sumaiyah E. Wade


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