Events & Exhibitions

City of Palo Alto: Artists Lava Thomas, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle and Bridget Cooks in Conversation

ONLINE PANEL–The Black Index Exhibition presents a special conversation with the two Bay Area artists. Curator Bridget R. Cooks will lead a conversation between artists Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle and Lava Thomas about their work, The Black Index exhibition, and the role of artistic representation in acknowledging, honoring, and celebrating Black women.

Ortega Y Gasset Gallery: "Becoming Buoyant" curated by Tiffany Smith

Becoming Buoyant centers water as a symbol of life, departure, and return for Black bodies of the diaspora; how water functions simultaneously as a site of freedom and leisure, ritualistic healing, and generational trauma. The collected works present varied contextual relationships to the physical, spiritual, and psychological realm, that describe the process of becoming buoyant as an act of resistance, and the need to find freedom in an unrelenting tide as an act of survival for lives swept up in the wake.

MICA: "Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle on Navigating The Historical Present"

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, and performer. Her practice fluctuates between collaborations and participatory projects with alternative gallery spaces within various communities to projects that are intimate and based upon her private experiences in relationship to historical events and contexts. A term that has become a mantra for her practice is the "Historical Present," as she examines the residue of history and how it affects our contemporary world perspective.

Autograph BP: “Ripping into Colonial Monuments” A Collage Workshop

Galvanized by the Black Lives Matter movement, a number of collective actions this year have sought to identify, dismantle, and remove colonial statues. This workshop is a meeting point for reflection and radical action, exploring how art production can be another means to ‘destroy’ these symbols of Western imperial power. In a conversation facilitated by Delphine Sims and Haley Moyse Fenning, California-based artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle will discuss the idolisation of colonial monuments before diving into a hands-on collage workshop. Participants will be encouraged to cut, paste, draw, paint and juxtapose imagery of colonial statuary, reimagining how this history can be represented – and reclaimed.

Drawing the Ghost: A Ground Exhibition curated by Robert Pruitt


Drawing the Ghost presents nearly 50 works from 18 artists employing varying modes of drawing to explore ideas of Race, Class, Gender, Futurism, Celestial phenomena, History and other concepts. This is Pruitt's first curated exhibition with the gallery. Says the artist, "This exhibition merges with my own art practice through the selection of artists who work with the human figure as a foundation. Similarly, the selected artists carefully use humor and juxtaposition in their work. These are artists I have known and have admired for some time. They create alluring images, apply complicated conceptual strategies, and illustrate narratives from the margins of our social and cultural landscapes.

SF MOMA Artist Cribs: Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle

Artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle offers a tour of her Oakland studio. See where the 2019 SECA art award winner and her son draw, paint, dance, experiment, and inspire

SF MOMA: SECA 2019 Award Exhibition

The 2019 SECA Art Award exhibition features three Bay Area artists, each with a dedicated gallery: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Sahar Khoury, and Marlon Mullen. Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle's interdisciplinary practice explores “the historical present,” her term for the persistent residue of history in contemporary life.

Weisenfeld Lecture Series: "Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle In Conversation with Nona Faustine at BAMPFA"

Situated inside a photographic tradition while questioning the culture that bred that tradition, Nona Faustine’s practice walks the fine line between past and present, beginning where intersecting identities meet history. For more information, visit artsdesign.berkeley.edu. Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA is organized and sponsored by UC Berkeley's Arts + Design Initiative. In-kind support is provided by BAMPFA. The series is co-curated by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice; American Indian Graduate Program; Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium; Berkeley Center for New Media; and Graduate School of Journalism, and by the City of Richmond.

Montez Press Radio: “SIR: You Have to Call Me What I Tell You To Call Me,” Malika Ra Imhotep in conversation with Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

Malika Ra Imhotep and Kenyatta A C Hinkle will discuss Hinkle's debut book of poetry, SIR. They'll unravel the threads of naming and unnaming, haunted geographies and legacies, and the history of representation concerning the embodiment and development of Black geographies and ways of being/unbeing through the presence of naming as it relates to Hinkle's process of writing a new genre book about her brother named SIR.

Palo Alto Art Center: The Black Index (Traveling Exhibition)

The artists featured in The Black Index—Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas—build upon the tradition of Black self-representation as an antidote to colonialist images. Using drawing, performance, printmaking, sculpture, and digital technology to transform the recorded image, these artists question our reliance on photography as a privileged source for documentary objectivity and understanding. Their works offer an alternative practice—a Black index—that still serves as a finding aid for information about Black subjects, but also challenges viewers’ desire for classification.

UC Irvine: Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle Performance of "The Evanesced Embodied Disappearance"

The Evanesced: Embodied Disappearance is a suite of performances that channels and evokes the presence of various womxn navigating historical and contemporary contexts. Each performance is a memorial of a particular aspect/challenge of erasure. Each performance is accompanied by a soundtrack of whispers, shuffles, and snippets of popular and underground music, adding another dimension to her emotional examination of a fraught part of the black femme experience.

Ringling College of Art and Design: Kentifrications

This exhibition theorizes and recognizes experimental subject bibliography—projects that explore artifactual, intellectual, spatial, and design possibilities simultaneously—as an artistic and poetic practice. It hones in on a niche territory that has blossomed in recent history, reviewing fifteen compelling visio-biblio-centric projects undertaken by artists, writers, designers, and other cultural workers

Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series: "In Conversation: Lava Thomas and Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle"

During this pivotal time of civil unrest and the continued questioning of violence inherent within existing monuments dedicated to conquest, supremacy and subjugation, interdisciplinary visual artists, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, and Lava Thomas will be in conversation concerning dismantling the hegemonic factors within public art selection and who determines what monumental is. Presented by the UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice and Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Series.

CalArts: "Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle"

MCA Dialogue Forum: "Not Your Parents’ Migration Story"

The Dialogue Series investigating inheritance in the public sphere continues with a consideration of generational experiences and migration stories. Speakers, including comedian and director Kiran Deol, and artists Jordan Nassar and Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, contend with individual migration stories in different ways using imagination, visualization, and storytelling. In this discussion we consider the psychological experience of migration across generations as a kind of inheritance that informs our lives and relationships in social contexts.

“To Reflect Us,” Rena Bransten Gallery

“I have always wanted my art to service my people – to reflect us, to relate to us, to stimulate us, to make us aware of our potential…We have to create art for liberation and for life.” - Elizabeth Catlett. Artists in the Exhibitions: Lava Thomas, Mildred Howard, Sadie Barnette, Deborah Willis, Phoebe Beasley, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Sydney Cain, Lezley Saar, Carrie Mae Weems, Suzanne Jackson, Nashormeh N.R. Lindo, Amalia Mesa-Bains, T.J. Dedeaux-Norris, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle.

CalArts: "Writing Now Reading Series with Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer and performer. Her artwork and performances of experimental texts have been reviewed by the LA Times, Artforum, The Huffington Post and The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in Not That But This, Obsidian Journal, and Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics. She is the author of an artist book Kentifrications: Convergent Truth(s) & Realities published by Occidental College and Sming Sming Books. SIR is her first book of poetry published by Litmus Press. Hinkle is currently the Assistant Professor of Painting at UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice.

“Get Up, Stand Up Now,” Somerset House, London

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.

UC Berkeley Arts and Design: “Monumental Part 2 with Lava Thomas & Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle”

*Postponed to Fall 2021* Arts + Design Mondays is organized and sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Arts + Design Initiative. The series is co-curated by the African American Student Development Office; Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive; Berkeley Center for New Media and the History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series; College of Environmental Design, the Arcus Endowment Diversity Platform Committee and the Arcus Chair in Gender, Sexuality, and the Built Environment; Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies; Future Histories Lab, a project of UC Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Initiative; Graduate School of Journalism; California Humanities and Villa San Francisco. Technical support and presentation offered by UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science, Division of Arts & Humanities. The 2021 series of Arts + Design Mondays is made possible thanks to the generous financial support of Nancy Olson and Buzz Wiesenfeld. In-kind support provided by BAMPFA.

UC Irvine: "Lecture by Bridget Cooks"

The History of Art Lecture Series presents a lecture by Bridget Cooks, University of California, Irvine, at 6 pm EST. Join us for a conversation about The Black Index exhibition. The exhibition artists use a variety of innovative approaches to address the paradox of being Black in America: to be human, but have little social value. We will take a closer look at the exhibition artworks by Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas, and discuss strategies to make art experiences impactful in the age of COVID.

“The Black Index” University Art Galleries at UC, Irvine


The artists featured in The Black Index—Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas—build upon the tradition of Black self-representation as an antidote to colonialist images. Using drawing, performance, printmaking, sculpture, and digital technology to transform the recorded image, these artists question our reliance on photography as a privileged source for documentary objectivity and understanding. Their works offer an alternative practice—a Black index—that still serves as a finding aid for information about Black subjects, but also challenges viewers’ desire for classification.

Mill's College: "Place for Writers: Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle"

On October 29, 2020, the Place for Writers hosted a discussion and question-and-answer session over Zoom with interdisciplinary visual artist, writer and performer Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle. Hinkle has a dual MFA in Art and Critical Studies/Creative Writing from CalArts and is the author of two books: “Kentifrications: Convergent Truth(s) and Realities,” about a “contested geography/continent” called Kentifrica, and “Sir,” a biographical collection of poetry and photography.

Azusa Pacific University: Visiting Artist Talks with Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle

Young Gifted and Black Traveling Exhibition at Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx NY

This exhibition of work produced by artists of African descent is drawn exclusively from the highly regarded private collection of Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi. Although many works in the Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection have been lent to museums over the years, Young, Gifted and Black is the first stand-alone public exhibition curated from this exceptional collection. Young, Gifted and Black showcases works, in a variety of mediums, by emerging artists, alongside works by established artists who have paved the way for the younger generations.

Arts Research Center, On “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power”, Curator Mark Godfrey, Tate Modern, in conversation with Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

This November, the de Young Museum will open the internationally acclaimed exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, 1963–1983, organized by the Tate Modern. This powerful and provocative presentation focuses on art made in the pivotal decades between 1963 and 1983, when issues of race and identity dominated and defined both public and private discourse.

Osilas Gallery at Concordia
College: "Young Gifted and Black" (Traveling Exhibition)

This exhibition of work produced by artists of African descent is drawn exclusively from the highly regarded private collection of Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi. Although many works in the Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection have been lent to museums over the years, Young, Gifted and Black is the first stand-alone public exhibition curated from this exceptional collection. Young, Gifted and Black showcases works, in a variety of mediums, by emerging artists, alongside works by established artists who have paved the way for the younger generation.

Human Resources: “The Evanesced: Embodied Disappearance” Performance Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle

The Evanesced: Embodied Disappearance is a suite of performances that evoke the presences of various types of womxn navigating historical and contemporary contexts. The performance–which includes a soundtrack of whispers, shuffles, and snippets of popular and underground music–adds another dimension to this emotional examination of a fraught part of the black female experience. The Evanesced is an expression of the #SayHerName movement of mourning, awareness, and healing