One features vibrant, bold images taken by emerging Black photographers from across the world who are shaping a new narrative about Black art and fashion with their work. The other showcases the artwork of a renowned Detroit artist and educator whose career spans six decades.
Both are new exhibitions opening this weekend at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
“The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion,” which opens Friday, features more than 100 standout images shot by 15 Black photographers from all over the globe, exploring not just fashion and art but gender roles, sexuality, even hair. The show is curated by Antwaun Sargent, a Chicago-based writer and critic. A portion of the exhibition showcases images by six Detroit photographers.
“Antwaun talks about this exhibition establishing new narratives in the Black experience,” said Nancy Barr, the DIA’s curator of photography. “He feels this group of photographers specifically is sort