Samuel Fosso
Autoportrait, 1975-1978
From the series 70’s Lifestyle 
Gelatin Silver Print
© Samuel Fosso (image via Yossi Milo Gallery / Facebook)

African Spirits
Opening Thursday, July 11 at Yossi Milo Gallery, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. On view through August 23.

Your standard art history education tends to stay pretty Eurocentric, so some people might not know that portrait photography has had quite a heyday in Africa, dating back to the early 1900s, when both European visitors and African locals experimented more and more with the form. The 1950s through the 1980s were considered the “golden age” of portraiture in West Africa, and images from this time will be showcased in a new group exhibition at Chelsea’s Yossi Milo Gallery, which range from staged studio imagery to more candid nightlife captures. These photos will be displayed alongside works from more contemporary photographers of all stripes. 

(image via Interference Archive / Facebook)

Resistance Radio: The People’s Airwaves
Opening Thursday, July 11 at Interference Archive, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through September 29.

To many, especially those who don’t regularly drive, radio is something you hear Top 40 songs on when you’ve called a car home, or maybe some NPR here and there. Plus, don’t even get me started on podcasts, which can more or less be considered the new radio. But O.G. radio is still alive and well, and Interference Archive’s Resistance Radio exhibit makes that abundantly clear. Specifically, the exhibition looks at radio as a tactic of grassroots organizing, both in the past and today, through venues ranging from pirate radio in Brooklyn to a Florida-based station for farm workers. Accompanying the exhibit will be a slew of events, including a pop-up FM radio broadcast.

Slava Mogutin, That’s Me In the Corner (Everybody Hurts), 2016. Blood and red wine on optic C-print, 16 x 20 in. (image via Amos Eno Gallery / Facebook)

Social Policing of Gender and the Criminalization of Queerness
Opening Friday, July 12 at Amos Eno Gallery, 7 pm to 9 pm. On view through July 27.

Bushwick’s Amos Eno Gallery and guest juror Lorenzo Triburgo will be opening the densely-titled group show Social Policing of Gender and the Criminalization of Queerness this Friday evening. Featuring well over 50 artists, many of whom are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated, the show focuses on the dangers of societal restrictions placed on gender, positing that even smaller ways of reinforcing the gender binary can give way to larger, darker consequences—for example, the alarmingly high number of trans women of color murdered in the past few years. In order to illustrate the “wide-ranging experiences of gender nonconformity,” the show will feature an appropriately wide range of artistic disciplines.