This Friday marks the beginning of the leading transnational fair for contemporary African art in New York. Held at Pioneer Works, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair marks its second year in the city featuring over 60 artists from 25 countries and 17 galleries from nine countries.

In addition to the art exhibition attendess can join in on the panels and artist talks curated by Koyo Kouoh for 1:54 FORUM, where discussions will center around the themes of curating in the digital age, contemporary forms of distribution and the African art market.

A new element of the fair includes 1:54 PERFORMS, co-presented with Performa and curated by Adrienne Edwards, featuring two original performances including Dave McKenzie’s composition, This ship would set sail, even anchored as it was (2016).

In collaboration with the Dak’Art Biennale, 1:54 NY introduces TRANSMISSIONS – daily screenings highlighting the Biennale in a projection room during the fair which will foster a cultural exchange between the two platforms. Attendees over at Dak’Art will then see highlights of the 1:54 NY fair as well.

The images below a selection of art that will be on display this weekend. 1:54 NY runs Friday, May 6, through Sunday, May 8. Find out more info here and keep up with 1:54 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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“Medusa” (2013-2014). Frances Goodman. Courtesy of Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York.

1:54 NY Galleries

Afronova | APALAZZOGALLERY | ARTLabAfrica | Art Bärtschi & Cie | Axis Gallery | David Krut Projects | Galerie Anne De Villepoix | Galerie Cécile Fakhoury | In Situ/Fabienne Leclerc | Jack Bell Gallery | Magnin-A | Mariane Ibrahim Gallery | Officine dell’Immagine | Richard Taittinger Gallery | Sabrina Amrani Gallery| (S)ITOR/Sitor Senghor | TAFETA


1:54 NY Artists

Aboudia | Adeniyi ‘Niyi’ Olagunju | Aida Muluneh | Ajarb Bernard Ategwa | Al Miller | Amadou Sanogo | Armand Boua | Athi-Patra Ruga | Babajide Olatunji | Beatrice Wanjiku | Billie Zangewa | Boris Nzebo | Cheikh Ndiaye | Chéri Samba | Clay Apenouvon | Derrick Adams | Diane Victor | Dominique Zinkpè | Edson Chagas | Em’kal Eyongakpa | Emma Amos | Fabrice Monteiro | Farah Khelil | Frances Goodman | Franck Lundangi | Gastineau Massamba | Gonçalo Mabunda | Gor Soudan | Hamidou Maiga | Houston Maludi | Ibrahim Mahama | Jean-Claude Moschetti | Jim Chuchu | Joël Andrianomearisoa | John Liebenberg | JP Mika | Kura Shomali | Lawrence Lemaoana | Lebohang Kganye | Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou | Maïmouna Guerresi | Mustapha Azeroual | Mwangi Hutter | Nathalie Boutté | Ndary Lo | Nontsikelelo Veleko | Omar Ba | Omar Victor Diop | Otobong Nkanga | Paul Onditi | Peterson Kamwathi | Phoebe Boswell | Safaa Erruas | Sonia Boyce | Steve Bandoma | Sue Williamson | Theo Eshetu | Uche Okpa-Iroha | Uman | Vincent Michéa | William Kentridge | William Sagna | Yashua Klos | Yéanzi | Zohra Opoku