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BLACK EYE OPENS IN NYC TODAY

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On View | A Group Show in TriBeCa Explores Black Identity TodayArticle re-posted from New York Times  5/1/2014

The curator Nicola Vassell has a blue-chip art-world pedigree as a former director at both Deitch Projects and Pace. And perhaps because her gallery work positioned her in contexts where glitz and glamour are currencies of their own, media coverage of Vassell has often focused on her taste and style — her former modeling career, her wardrobe, the social goings-on at her SoHo loft. But Vassell has lately gone independent — she left Pace in 2012 to found Concept NV, which she describes as an art ideation lab — and it’s clear she’s got more pressing social concerns on her mind. “Activism is important to me,” she says. “I find that sometimes the art world is too busy with its art-world view to consider that.” Her latest show, “Black Eye,” underscores the continuing need for increased diversity in a still narrow art world. The wide-ranging exhibition, which opens tomorrow night in…