Black American Portraits: Remembering Two Centuries of Black American Art

February 10, 2022

April 17, 2022

11:00 AM To 8:00 PM

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

$10-$25/LA County residents free after 3pm M-F with valid ID

Event Description

LACMA presents Black American Portraits. Remembering Two Centuries of Black American Art, guest curated by David Driskell at LACMA 45 years ago, this exhibition reframes portraiture to center Black American subjects, sitters, and spaces. Countering a visual culture that often demonizes Blackness and fetishizes the spectacle of Black pain, these images center love, abundance, family, community, and exuberance.

Spanning over two centuries from c. 1800 to the present day, this selection of approximately 140 works draws primarily from LACMA’s permanent collection and highlights emancipation and early studio photography, scenes from the Harlem Renaissance, portraits from the Civil Rights and Black Power eras, and multiculturalism of the 1990s. Black American Portraits chronicles the ways in which Black Americans have used portraiture to envision themselves in their own eyes.

A timed entry event. See website for COVID protocols.



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