Source: Morehead State University

MOREHEAD, Ky. (MSU Public Relations) – An art exhibit featuring the works of black artists from across the country will open Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Morehead State’s Golding-Yang Gallery in the Claypool-Young Art Building.   
 
“Black Art Matters” will feature sculpture, painting, drawing, and photography from black artists and creators. The exhibit is inspired by nationwide unrest in recent years in response to systemic racism and violence against people of color. Melissa Yungbluth, instructor of art and design and director of the Golding-Yang Gallery, said the exhibit is a powerful artistic response to the injustices faced by the black community.    
 
“People should attend the exhibition to see what artists outside of the area are creating in general, but also in response to being a black artist in today’s society. It’s important to see this perspective,” she said. “I have been part of Eagle Diversity since I began

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Rare Daguerreotype Photos From Early Black Photographers

Unidentified artist, Untitled (woman with hair ribbon), undated, sixth-plate ambrotype. Smithsonian American Art Museum, the L. J. West Collection of Early American Photography, Museum purchase made possible through the Franz H. and Luisita L. Denghausen Endowment

The Smithsonian is one of the world’s largest and most well-known museum complexes. With 19 museums and a zoo, it houses an extremely wide collection of over 150 million scientific, historic, and art objects—and that number continues to grow. Recently, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) gained a large acquisition of rare photos and objects that completely transformed its holdings, significantly enhancing the diversity of its collection of early American photography.

The new addition comprises 286 objects from the 1840s to the mid-1920s that are split into three primary groupings. The first consists of works produced by early African American daguerreotypists James P. Ball, Glenalvin Goodridge, and Augustus Washington. Between them, they have

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In 2015, the Mellon Foundation conducted its first study of the staff at American art museums. Its findings on racial diversity were grim: Only 2 percent of curators were Black. Three years later, when Mellon followed up, the needle had moved ever so slightly to 4 percent, marking an increase of 21 Black curators across the country. By this time, museums had already been under intense pressure to better represent diverse communities, making the lack of Black curators to help guide that change from within even more glaring.

Then George Floyd’s murder last year galvanized the nation, setting off a series of public demonstrations against racial injustice, which migrated from the streets to corporations, schools and museums. Some of the most prominent names in contemporary art, including Gary Garrels at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Nancy Spector at the Guggenheim Museum, left under racially charged clouds.

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At the Frieze art fair in New York, over 60 leading galleries are paying tribute to social justice, showing works by the world’s most influential artists.

The goal is to change how we see the world by examining art’s role in portraying race and citizenship. It expands on The Vision & Justice Project, a landmark 2016 issue by Aperture magazine on photography in the African American experience.

“For the past year, so many of us have not only seen the pandemic, but also the incredibly important Black Lives Matter movement,” said Rebecca Ann Siegel, director of content at Frieze. “This really felt like a moment to pay tribute to some work that is so resonant with today’s issues.”

Works by renowned artists such as Stan Douglas, Hank Willis Thomas, Lorraine O’Grady and Ming Smith are on display.

“The Shed” arts center at the Hudson Yards development on Manhattan’s West side
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