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Weekly Roundup

Kalup and Franco. Turn It Up EP, 2011. Courtesy of Dutty Artz.

Kalup and Franco, "Turn It Up" EP, 2011. Courtesy Dutty Artz.

In this week’s roundup, NYCU’s Kalup Linzy teams up with James Franco, Barry McGee is featured, Trenton Doyle Hancock does all he can in Atlanta, Shahzia Sikander pays a tribute to a sultan, and more.

  • New York Close Up (NYCU) artist Kalup Linzy is teaming up with actor/performer James Franco to form a duo called Kalup and Franco and the pair has an EP coming out. The EP, “Turn It Up,” will feature two songs, “Turn It Up (So We Can Turn It Out)” and “Rising (Both Sides Now),” and will be available as a digital download and as a limited edition” on July 12.  They’ll release their debut EP Turn It Up on Dutty Artz.  Here’s a preview of the collaboration.


  • Barry McGee is featured in Street, 2011, a video for MOCA LA documenting Art In the Streets. Filmmaker Felipe Lima directed this piece and the full roster who helped build the installation are Todd James, Barry McGee, Stephen Powers, Devin Flynn, Josh Lazcano, Dan Murphy, and Alexis Ross.

  • New York Close Up (NYCU) artist Shana Moulton’s Whispering Pines series was recently screened at The Black Lodge which is part of the Winnipeg Film Group in Canada.  Check out this video.


  • National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) is partnering with Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta, GA to present Trenton Doyle Hancock: WE DONE ALL WE COULD AND NONE OF IT’S GOOD.  The exhibition by Hancock will present a spectrum of works executed across a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, and print.  The show will run from June 27 – August 28.