Maya Lin BA ’81, M.Arch ’86 Commissioned to Create Sculpture for Obama Presidential Center

Recently, Former President Barack Obama announced that the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Water Garden will be anchored around a commissioned art installation from Maya Lin BA ’81, M.Arch ’86. According to the Pace Gallery, “Lin’s work, titled Seeing Through the Universe, will feature an upright “oculus” piece that mists and a flat “pebble” piece that fills with water and then …

Martin Puryear B.F.A. ’71, M.F.A. ’71, D.F.A. (Hon.)’94 Awarded 2020 Getty Medal

In 2020, Martin Puryear B.F.A. ’71, M.F.A. ’71, D.F.A. (Hon.)’94, was among 3 artists honored with the Getty Medal, recognizing Puryear’s contributions to the arts and humanities. The Getty Trust writes of Puryear’s work, “Mr. Puryear’s sculpture has been recognized for more than 50 years for its abstract organic forms. ‘Martin Puryear’s powerful hand-crafted sculpture delves deeply into African American …

Two Yale Alumni Artists Featured in Vogue’s Must-See Fall 2023 Exhibitions

Recently, Vogue ran a feature of 29 must-see art exhibitions in America this fall. 2 Yale artists, Mickalene Thomas MFA ’02 and Barkley L. Hendricks BFA/MFA ’72, and their fall 2023 exhibitions made it on the list. Learn more about the two exhibitions and artists below: Mickalene Thomas / Portrait of an Unlikely Space “The present confronts the past in …

Wangechi Mutu MFA ’00 featured in New York Times

Recently, The New York Times‘s Aruna D’Souza profiled Wangechi Mutu MFA ’00 in the leadup to her New Museum exhibition, “Intertwined,” an ambitious survey of the artist’s prolific career. The profile, titled “An Artist With Roots in Nairobi and New York Imagines a New Destiny” explores how Mutu blends evolutionary history, science fiction, and her bicontinental life experience into sculpture. …

Exhibition Curated by Prem Krishnamurthy BA ’99 Featured in Art News

Prem Krishnamurthy BA ’99 was recently featured in ArtNews for his part in curating Cleveland’s FRONT Triennial, whose theme this year is healing. The exhibition, “Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows,” was also organized by Art21 chief curator Tina Kukielski. According to ArtNews, the exhibition “sprawls across Cleveland and the nearby cities of Akron and Oberlin—a region whose primary industry, …

Pauli Murray College Mural by Mickalene Thomas MFA ’02 Unveiled

At the end of March, Pauli Murray College unveiled a mosaic mural by Mickalene Thomas MFA ’02, that, as Tina Lu, head of Pauli Murray College put it would be “monumental,” “enduring,” and “challenging.” Made with thousands of varying-sized enamel tiles, the mural features a giant black-and-white image of a smiling Pauli Murray as a young adult, gazing out toward …

Alteronce Gumby MFA ’16 On the Cosmic Influence On His Work

Recently, Alteronce Gumby MFA ’16 was interviewed by Ashley Tiner at Vice’s I-D on the cosmic influence on his work. Tiner describes how, “Alteronce pushes colour theory into a liberatory space — troubling colour’s use as a tool to interpret human value, and instead using it to transport us past social structures into subconscious territories.” We radicalize color for our own intention. …

New York Times Style Magazine Shoot Organized by Shikeith MFA ’18

The New York Times Style Magazine recently featured an article, What Does It Mean to Be a Young, Black Queer Artist Right Now? , which centered around a photo and video shoot that Shikeith MFA ’18 organized and shot. On the project, Shikeith says, I pitched this idea in May 2021, [after] the 30th anniversary of Marlon Riggs’s “Tongues Untied.” …

Christina Quarles MFA ’16: “The Queer Artist of Color Exploding Those Very Labels”

Recently The Cut‘s Art and Soul writer Anna Furman interviewed Christina Quarles MFA ’16 about “becoming a mother, measuring success in the art market, and traveling around Europe with her unconventional queer family.” Quarles, best known for her fantastical and prismatic paintings with impossibly contortioning racially ambiguous characters, has quickly risen to fame after debuting at the 2022 Venice Biennale …