Film: Black is the Color

This much-needed documentary highlights key moments in the history of African American visual art, from Edmonia Lewis’s 1867 sculpture Forever Free, to the work of contemporary artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ellen Gallagher, Whitfield Lovell, and Kerry James Marshall. Art historians and gallery owners place the works against the larger social contexts of Jim Crow, WWI, the civil rights movement and the racism of the Reagan era; while contemporary artists discuss individual works by their forerunners and their ongoing influence. In-depth and comprehensive, Black is the Color is a survey of great work by artists whose contributions have been neglected by the mainstream art world for far too long.

Directed by Jacques Goldstein, 2017. Runtime 52 minutes. English, Closed Captioned.

Admission is free.