The Existence of Black Art

Saturday, Aug 17, 2024 1 – 3 pm

5020 S. Cornell
Chicago, IL 60615

Artists, archivists, and curators, discuss the state of Black art, artist communities, and movements across history. Contributions of Black artists have been routinely overlooked, appropriated, and undermined throughout time, which has led to movements like AfriCOBRA and the Black Arts Movement.  How are artists today contextualizing history and paving their own way for visibility in the contemporary art world? This discussion, held in conjunction with the exhibition The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige, will speak about the existence (and non-existence) of Black artists in art movements.Panelists include artist, sculptor, and muralist from the Parapluie exhibition Bernard Williams, curator Antawan I. Byrd, and archivist Skyla S. Hearn. The conversation will be moderated by art historian and Black Arts Movement School Modality Founder, Romi Crawford.  The exhibition and corresponding public programs are part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art.