Theaster Gates Presents "The Black Image Corporation" @ Gropius Bau In Berlin

With The Black Image Corporation, Theaster Gates has conceived a participatory exhibition which explores the fundamental legacy of Johnson Publishing Company archives. Featuring more than four million images, they have contributed to shape the aesthetic and cultural languages of African American identity.

Central to the exhibition are the works of two photographers, Moneta Sleet Jr. and Isaac Sutton, who both worked for Johnson Publishing. The publishing company created two landmark publications for black American audiences in the 1940s and ‘50s: the monthly magazine Ebony and its weekly sister outlet Jet, which quickly became two of the major platforms for the representation and discussion of black culture. The magazines covered historic milestones such as the March on Washington in 1963 and the first African-American astronaut, politics, sports and celebrities, as well as the complex realities black Americans faced in the US post-war era. The Black Image Corporation is on view through July 28 at Gropius Bau Niederkirchnerstraße 7 10963, Berlin.

'Fassbinder – NOW' @ Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin

The Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, presents the exhibition “Fassbinder – NOW” in nine rooms at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin to mark Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 70th birthday on 31st May. The presentation provides a new impetus to engage with one of the most significant German directors. The exhibition illustrates not only the film-maker's working methods, but also the coherence of his work in the cinema and its influence on the art being produced today. The exhibition thus takes in a dual perspective: both historical and contemporary. It traces the aesthetic, political and media contexts that distance our present from Fassbinder's time while simultaneously linking to it. Fassbinder – NOW will be on view until August 23rd, 2015 at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin, Germany