. How David C. Driskell’s Painting, Collecting, and Curating Helped Preserve Black Art History « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NEWS – “Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750–1955,” David C. Driskell’s 1976 survey of more than 200 years of Black art in the U.S., is now considered a landmark exhibition. But when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art began searching for someone to submit a proposal for it, its success wasn’t assured. As Driskell recounted in a 2009 oral history, LACMA’s largely white board approached him last, and the museum’s trustees had qualms about the exhibition, which would open as part of LACMA’s bicentennial celebrations. Would it really make sense, they wondered, for a show to revolve solely around one identity?.

Interesting detail at ART NEWS

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