I-D Magazine highlights Ming Smith

By Laura Pitcher


After only seven editions, Frieze New York has firmly cemented itself as “New York’s most important art fair”. And, with that title, flock hundreds of the art world’s elite, tourists, semi-interested fairgoers, and Instagram opportunists. Because the fair’s strength lies in exposing people to unfamiliar galleries and artwork, it can be hard to navigate exactly what to expect from the long and daunting list of exhibitors.


i-D found some, of the many, interesting things to look forward to this year.


JAM: Just Above Midtown


In a special section of the fair, Franklin Sirmans, the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), will be curating a show to highlight the artists from Just Above Midtown (JAM), a historic platform for contemporary African-American art founded by Linda Goode Bryant. This will include eight solo presentations by artists from Bryant’s original programming: Dawoud Bey, Norman Lewis, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O’Grady, Howardena Pindell, Lorna Simpson, and Ming Smith (from 10 galleries). Ming Smith showed with JAM in 1981 and was the first black female photographer acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. She will be presenting present photographs from the 1970s-90s in this section, through Jenkins Johnson Gallery.