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PANEL: Ancestral Legacies: Exploring the Afro-Caribbean Experience.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art cordially invites you to our Annual Black History Month Celebration, Ancestral Legacies: Exploring the Afro-Caribbean Experience.

This year's celebration will feature a lively discussion between scholars and artists exploring the Afro-Caribbean experience.

The panel will be followed by a reception in the Arts of Africa, Oceana, and the Americas galleries and our curators will be offering private tours of the exhibitions Arte del Mar and Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara.

Panel Moderator, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, panelists, Fabiola Jean Louis, Nyguen Smith, Yelaine Rodriguez, Dr. Lawrence Waldron, and Elizabeth Colomba.

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue New York, New York 10028

QUEEN: From the collection of CCH Pounder


Featuring artwork by Africans, African-Americans, and artists from the Diaspora, the pieces on display in Queen are drawn from the personal collection of award-winning actress CCH Pounder, and span a range of styles and mediums.

On display will be The Storm and Ceres.


315 East Warren St, Detroit, MI 48201



Painting Is Its Own Country, at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, is a survey exhibition, highlighting the work of more than two dozen exceptional artists who, through figuration and abstraction, are challenging traditional ideas of cultural representation and creativity. Curatorially, Painting Is Its Own Country is a simultaneous look into past and the future. The exhibition offers a snapshot of powerful work being made by a generation of emerging artists, as well as several well-known practitioners in the field. The exhibition’s title reflects the idea that painting, despite its long existence, still offers limitless space for freedom, diversity, and self-expression.

Artist list: Derrick Adams, Rushern Baker IV, Kimberly Becoat, Jurell Cayetano, Dominic Chambers,

Elizabeth Colomba, DeShawn Dumas, Alteronce Gumby, Stephen Hayes, Marcus Jahmal, Cheyenne Julian, Gerald Lovell, Jackie Milad, Mario Moore, Lavar Munroe, Fahamu Pecou, Kenny Rivero, Sloane Siobhan, Alexandria Smith, Vaughn Spann, Stacy Lynn Waddell, Will Villalongo, Cullen B. Washington, Jr., Didier William, Charles E. Williams and Bryan Wilson.

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture at Levine Center for the Arts

551 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

November 2, 2019 - April 12, 2020


GET UP, STAND UP NOW - Generations of Black Creative Pioneers

A major new exhibition celebrating the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond. Beginning with the radical Black filmmaker Horace Ové and his dynamic circle of Windrush generation creative peers and extending to today’s brilliant young Black talent globally, a group of 110 interdisciplinary artists are showcasing their work together for the first time, exploring Black experience and influence, from the post-war era to the present day.

Artist list: A Guy Called Gerald, Abe Odedina, Adjaye Associates, Ajamu, Alexis Peskine, Althea McNish, Anthea Hamilton, Anthony Joseph, Armet Francis, Aubrey Williams, Barbara Walker, Barby Asante, Barkley L. Hendricks, Benji Reid, Betye Saar, Black Audio Film Collective - John Akomfrah, Bradford Young, Caleb Femi, Campbell Addy, Carrie Mae Weems, Charlie Phillips, Che Lovelace, Chris Leacock (Jillionaire/Major Lazer), Chris Ofili, Cooly G, Cosmo Whyte, David A. Bailey, David Hammons, Deborah Roberts, Dennis Bovell, Denzil Forrester, Derrick Adams, Don Letts, Ebony G. Patterson, Elizabeth Colomba, Emheyo Bahabba ‘Embah’, Errol Lloyd, Faisal Abdu'Allah, Franklyn Rodgers, Gaika, Gary Simmons, Glenn Ligon, Gordon Parks, Grace Nichols, Grace Wales Bonner, Hank Willis Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Helen Cammock, Hew Locke, Horace Ové, Hurvin Anderson, Ishmahil Blagrove, Jay Bernard, Jazzie B, Jenn Nkiru, Julie Mehretu, Kehinde Wiley, Keith Piper, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Larry Achiampong, Lavar Munroe, Lezley Saar, Libita Clayton, Lina Iris Viktor,  Linton Kwesi Johnson, LR Vandy, Lubaina Himid, Marlene Smith, Marlon James, Martine Rose, Maud Sulter, Merle Van den Bosch, Mickalene Thomas, Mowalola Ogunlesi, Nari Ward, Neil Kenlock, Nick Cave, Niyi Olagunju, Normski, Oliver Hardt, Patrick Betaudier, Paul A. Smith, Paul Maheke, Pauline Black, Peter Doig, Phoebe Boswell, Rashid Johnson, Rhea Storr, Richard Mark Rawlins, Ronald Moody, Ronan McKenzie, Sanford Biggers, Satch Hoyt, Selina Nwulu, Shabaka Hutchings, Sonia Boyce, Stephen Burks, Steve McQueen, Thick/er Black Lines, Thomas J. Price, Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers), Vanley Burke, Victor Ekpuk, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Young Fathers, Zadie Smith, Zak Ové, Zanele Muholi, Zoe Bedeaux

From June 12 to September 15  2019

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA 


American Psyche presents works by EFA Studio Member Artists who make representational paintings and drawings focusing on the human figure. In selecting works for the show, it became clear that portraying the figure is fraught with questions of race, class, politics, history, and mythologies. These eight artists, half of whom were born outside the US, consider what it means to be American, with all its hybrid identities and layered nationalities. In their artworks, the powerful presence of the figure invites a psychological intimacy with the viewer and suggests a renewal of obsolete canonical notions of representation. Artists who were previously considered to be outsiders rewrite themselves, and their subjects, back into histories from which they were erased. Their work functions as a vehicle for healing, enabling them to occupy an expanded place of global belonging, in which we are all included. Engaging with these paintings brings up questions of our own place in this America, and if a national identity is even possible anymore.

February 5 to April 15, 2019 - Opening: February 5, 2019, 6-8 pm


SHE PERSISTS: A Century of Women Artists in New York, 1919-2019

She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York, 1919-2019 puts on display the works of 44 women for whom New York has been a central creative force both past and present in the course of this according century. Curated By Jessica Bell Brown.

Art installation on view until January 2020 at Gracie mansion.

POSING MODERNITY: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today

This exhibition explores the changing modes of representation of the black figure as central to the development of modern art. The models' interactions with and influences on painters, sculptors and photographers are highlighted through archival photographs, correspondence and films. The artists featured in the exhibition depicted black subjects in a manner counter to typical representations of the period. The works included highlight the little-known, multiracial aspect of each artist’s milieu.

In New York, the presentation focuses specifically on the black female figure, beginning  Edouard Manet’s 1860s portrayals of Laure, the model who posed as the maid in Olympia. In Paris, a broader and expanded treatment of the black figure begins with portraits by Marie-Guillemine Benoist and Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault at the start of the 19th century.

At Columbia University, Wallach Art Gallery- Through February 10, 2019.

VOGUE - Painter Elizabeth Colomba Is Giving Art’s Hidden Figures Their Close-Up

Profile by Dodie Kazanjian in the October 2018 issue.

"Elizabeth Colomba"s elaborately detailed paintings are beautifully subversive: revisiting black figures in art history and placing them center stage."


Four portraits by artist Elizabeth Colomba are exhibited in the second floor sitting room of The Elms (1901) through September 3, 2018, in a collaboration between The Preservation Society of Newport County and ART&NEWPORT, an organization dedicated to developing and hosting citywide visual arts presentations.

Curated by ART&NEWPORT founder Dodie Kazanjian in collaboration with the Preservation Society's Curator of Exhibitions Ashley Householder, Elizabeth Colomba: Four Seasons consists of four large framed portraits, painted between 2012 and 2018, in which the seasons are depicted as an allegory of womanhood. The figures are nearly life-sized so that the viewer is confronted with the power and beauty of each woman.

"We are delighted to be featuring Elizabeth Colomba's work at The Elms," said Preservation Society CEO & Executive Director Trudy Coxe. "Museums and historic sites must make themselves relevant to a contemporary audience if they are to thrive and contribute to their communities. This juxtaposition of Elizabeth's recent artwork in a century-old setting is sure to catch the eye and create conversation among our visitors." 

The sitters are staged in lavish settings - not unlike the room in which the works are hung - and they are serene in their environments, much like the ones permanently on view there. As visitors make their way through the house, they will encounter these paintings in the sitting room and learn more about them through a special stop on their audio tour. The installation is included in regular admission to The Elms.

“Elizabeth Colomba is a radical artist,” says Dodie Kazanjian, “using Old Master techniques to pull you into her very contemporary stories. Her paintings are meditations on what might have been possible if colonial conquest had never happened, and they speak many visual languages at the same time.”

On view June 26, 2018 - September 3, 2018



Gallery Highlights, an exhibition on view at the Princeton university art museum.

Artists have long conceived of domestic interior spaces as settings for a wide range of figurative subjects, which often incorporate human introspection or interiority. This selection of prints and drawings, spanning the early sixteenth century to the present, demonstrates how inhabited interiors—whether observed or imaginary, real or theatrical—reveal themes of spirituality, artistic creativity, or domesticity through details such as furniture and objects on the wall.


Rounding out the selection is a group of crowded interiors dominated by single figures: the prints by Works Progress Administration artists Minetta Good and Dox Thrash evoke issues of gender and racial identity, respectively—which also are addressed by Elizabeth Colomba’s recent watercolor.

On view in the Early European galleries May 5 - October 28 2018


The screening of Cendrillon, a short film by Elizabeth Colomba for The Metropolitan Opera's Gallery MetShorts series, will be followed by a conversation moderated by Jonathan Michael Square, PhD, between Dodie Kazanjian and Elizabeth Colomba.

WED | JUNE 6 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

A light reception will take place after the talk. This event is free to the public.

439 W. 127TH STREET NEW YORK, NY 10027


A group exhibition, 2602 Frederick Douglass Blvd, NY 10030 

Opening: Sunday, April 22, 2018 through 18 May 2018


Faction Art Projects will open Harlem Perspectives, an exhibition comprised of Harlem-based artists including Elizabeth Colomba, Pepe Coronado, Renee Cox, Leeza Meksin, Jaime Permuth, Lina Puerta, Elaine Reichek, David Shrobe, Stan Squirewell, and Virginia Inèz Vergara, .


Whilst broad in the selection of mediums and topics, the theme of the show is predominantly geographical and aims to celebrate the creative talent in the neighborhood. The gallery is located on Harlem’s historic Striver’s Row.


The Metropolitan Opera invites visual artists to make short format films that relate to the operas of the current season. They are screened during the Met's HD simulcasts in theaters around the world.


CENDRILLON (Cinderella), directed by Elizabeth Colomba, draws upon the relationship between time and womanhood. The film will be an interpretation of the fairy tale with the artist's aesthetic. 

CENDRILLON, featuring Grace Bol, a Gallery MetShort, premiering during the intermission of the live and encore simulcasts of the Met’s Live in HD series, now seen across the United States and in 70 other countries. 


Live transmission is Saturday, April 28, 2018 12:55pm EST


Cast: Grace Bol as Cendrillon
Elizabeth Colomba as Fairy Godmother

Director: Elizabeth Colomba
Producer: Dodie Kazanjian
Executive Producer: Richard Varghese
Line producer: Monique Long
Director of Photography: Sacred Pact
Editor: Sacred Pact 
Costume Designer: Lashun Costor
Wardrobe Supervisor: Delcey Fleming
Make up artist: Takahiro Okada
Key hairstylist: Tomoko Kuwamura
1st Production assistant: Taylor Petracek
2nd Production assistant: Jesse Dean
Tiara by Moans Couture
A special thank you to Matthew Swope Jewelry
Music: Jules Massenet


Filmed on location at Park Avenue Armory.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/266389243


The Library (2005) has been adapted for the cover of the paperback edition of FALSE LIGHTS, a novel of historical fiction by K. J. Whittaker.



The Dean Collection and Bacardí present No Commission: Miami 2017, a three-day, art and music experience taking place December 7 to 9 at Soho Studios in Wynwood. No Commission is a roving experiential platform organized by the Dean Collection and Bacardí to forge a direct link between art and art patronage. No Commission is designed specifically to support artists in different territories around the world. No Commission Miami 2017 casts a thematic light on "Island Might," which suggests the power and possibility, tradition and future of a place and its people. The "ways of an island" — its functioning components and life essentials are guiding principles. We examine family, land & sea, ritual, revolution, and color as elemental forces that can illuminate the roadmap for a more generous, stable fate. The injection of immersive music performances from collaborator Bacardí shakes up the traditional art fair, creating a unique culture experience for visitors. No Commission Miami is the sixth in a series of artist support collaborations. Past editions were held in New York, London, Shanghai and Berlin. The No Commission platform is realized through a partnership between Bacardí, Swizz Beatz, and the Dean Collection in their continued support of cultural visionaries around the world. 


The exhibition is travelling to NYU Tisch School of the Arts starting October 26th through December 15 2017.

Re-imagining A Safe Space, an exhibition at NYU organized by Deborah Willis, PhD will explore critical questions regarding the idea of a safe space. The exhibition explores a deeper and richer understanding of our needs as a public—and how those needs differ depending on demographics and who we are individually.

The Spring exhibition will include works by 22 photographers, video artists, and visual artists who explore the theme of the exhibition through their works: Mangue Banzima, Martin Bell & Mary Ellen Mark, Nina Berman, Zoë Buckman, Cause Collective (Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester, Hank Willis Thomas), Elizabeth Colomba, Bruce Davidson, Erika deVries, Donna Ferrato, Samara Gaev, Caran Hartsfield, Lili Holzer-Glier, Jessica Ingram, Michael Koehler, Barbara Kruger, Lorie Novak, Gordon Parks, Alice Proujansky, Safe Space Collective (Myles Golden, Nate Palmer, Mallika Vora), Scheherazade Tillet, Sophia Tsanos, and David Wojnaorwicz

Exhibition Schedule: 

October 26 – December 15, Gulf + Western Gallery | 8th Floor Gallery, Department of Photography and Imaging, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, Lobby and 8th Floor


EFA OPEN STUDIOS 2017 is an annual event of the EFA Studio Program that invites the public to come explore and interact with EFA member artists in the intimate setting of their studios. It is an opportunity to see the most recent works by artists at the site of their origin and to gain meaningful insight into their process of creation. The EFA Studio Program is a vibrant and diverse community of over 70 artists working in a wide range of media and artistic sensibilities. All are professional artists with an established studio practice and recognized career. Rarely can curators, collectors, dealers, artists, and art lovers see so many internationally recognized artists working under one roof in Midtown Manhattan.

EFA OPEN STUDIOS 2017 in midtown manhattan 323 west 39th street, NY, NY

Oct. 19 thursday  6 - 10 pm (opening), Oct. 20 friday  6 - 9 pm, Oct. 21 saturday  1 - 6 pm


Inaugurating its first summer of exhibitions at its new home in the Lenfest Center for the Arts on 125th Street, The Wallach Art Gallery will present Uptown, a survey of contemporary artists who live and work north of 99th Street, curated by Deborah Cullen, Director and Chief Curator of the Wallach Art Gallery. Uptown is conceived as the first exhibition in what the gallery foresees as an ongoing project including mature artists, mid-career practitioners and newer names from Harlem, El Barrio, Washington Heights, and all areas in between.

Daphne (2016), Courtesy The Studio Museum in Harlem and The Denial of Saint Peter (2017), Courtesy the artist will be on view at the Wallach Art Gallery from June 2 through August 20, 2017

At the Wallach, Elizabeth is among twenty-five accomplished artists exploring a wide range of media.


Exhibition Opening: March 30, 2017. The exhibition is open from March 31 through October 16, 2017

Re-imagining A Safe Space, an exhibition at NYU organized by Deborah Willis, PhD will explore critical questions regarding the idea of a safe space. The exhibition explores a deeper and richer understanding of our needs as a public—and how those needs differ depending on demographics and who we are individually.

The Spring exhibition will include works by 22 photographers, video artists, and visual artists who explore the theme of the exhibition through their works: Mangue Banzima, Martin Bell & Mary Ellen Mark, Nina Berman, Zoë Buckman, Cause Collective (Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester, Hank Willis Thomas), Elizabeth Colomba, Bruce Davidson, Erika deVries, Donna Ferrato, Samara Gaev, Caran Hartsfield, Lili Holzer-Glier, Jessica Ingram, Michael Koehler, Barbara Kruger, Lorie Novak, Gordon Parks, Alice Proujansky, Safe Space Collective (Myles Golden, Nate Palmer, Mallika Vora), Scheherazade Tillet, Sophia Tsanos, and David Wojnaorwicz

Exhibition Schedule: March 31 – October 16, Nathan Cummings Foundation, 475 10th Ave, 14th Floor. By appointment only: exhibits@nathancummings.org or (212) 787-7300

October 26 – December 15, Gulf + Western Gallery | 8th Floor Gallery, Department of Photography and Imaging, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, Lobby and 8th Floor

WEEKSVILLE HERITAGE CENTER Fashioning the Black Body Conference

Saturday, March 4, 2017

A conference exploring intersections of slavery and fashion with presentations from scholars, artists and designers.
Panel: Rethinking the Past, Refashioning the Future, a conversation with artists Elizabeth Colomba, Nona Faustine, Fabiola Jean-Louis and Ayana V. Jackson.  Moderator: Jonathan Michael Square, PhD
Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Register here

PARK AVENUE ARMORY INTERROGATIONS OF FORM: Culture in a Changing America In Collaboration with The Aspen Institute Arts Program

Sunday, February 19, 2017: 1pm-8pm
Salon and exhibition curated by Kalia Brooks, PhD and Deborah Willis, PhD
Featuring artists Elizabeth Colomba, Carrie Mae Weems and Paola Mendoza

Tickets here


Duke University's, Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art has documented the Paris iteration of the Black Portraitures Conference (2013) by publishing a selection of essays including, "Portraits in Black: Styling, Space, and Self in the work of Barkley Hendricks and Elizabeth Colomba" by Anna Arabindan-Kesson

Available at Duke University Press Online 

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE ReSignifications: European Blackamoors, Africana Readings

On the occasion of Black Portraitures II, the catalogue features works from the artists from the attendant exhibition in Florence including the painting The Reading created in 2015 .

"ReSignifications interprets the "Blackamoor" trope in Western culture. This tradition of decorative art emerged at the intersection of cross-cultural encounters shaped by centuries of migration, exchange, conquest, servitude, and exile. ReSignifications links classical and popular representations of African bodies in European art, culture, and history. It moderates and subverts artistic conventions by using the works of contemporary artists from Africa, Europe, North and South America, and the Caribbean to engage in dialogue with the broad historical array of ornamental representations of African bodies."   Awam Amkpa and Ellyn Mary Toscano, Editors

Now available on Amazon


Interview with Kalia Brooks in the 'Roots' Issue (no. 3) of Ubikwist Magazine. Available for purchase here 


November 22, 2016 through January 7, 2017. A contemporary art group exhibition exploring the intersection between art, social praxis, and activism organized by Ayana V. Jackson. 

Gallery MOMO Cape Town, 170 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Artists: Derrick Adams, Endia Beal, Elizabeth Colomba, Florine Demosthene, Kamathi Donkor, Joel Mpah Dooh, Torkwase Dyson, Dumile Feni, Amir George, Coby Kennedy, Simone Leigh, Maurice Mbikayi, Zohra Opoku, Jefferson Pinder, Robert Pruitt, Rael Salley, Dread Scott, Mary Sibande, Cosmo Whyte, Khaya Witbooi


Johannesburg, South Africa
Panel: Art History and Black Empowerment with Cheryl Finley (moderator), Patricia Banks, Cornelia Knoll, Elizabeth Colomba (Redefining the Beauty Canon) and Sarah Lewis.


Signed and numbered limited edition catalogue for The Moon is my only luxury, Colomba's recent solo exhibition, is available for purchase. Please contact the studio.


See Colomba's new painting "Through the Heart" in the group exhibition The Pineapple Show at Tiwani Contemporary, 16 Little Portland Street, London W1W 8BP.

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