Centering Black Artists

Elizabeth Catlett, Man, 2003, Linocut
December 14, 2022


January 17

Centering Black Artists highlights the work of named Black artists in KMA’s collections. Historically significant artists such as social realist Jacob Lawrence, color field painter Sam Gilliam, and abstractionist Martin Puryear are featured, as well as Kara Walker, Lorna Simpson, and Glenn Ligon, whose work explores the nature of race representation and narrative in contemporary art. The exhibition also includes work by Elizabeth Catlett, Joseph Norman, Asiru Olatunde, John Sims, Lami Toto, and Cheryl Warrick. In addition, Scenic View: A Stripscape by Professor Emeritus of Painting and Drawing Robert Peppers will continue be on view in KMA’s front gallery. Centering Black Artists acknowledges the underrepresentation of Black artists in KMA’s collections and provides the opportunity to engage Black community members in determining action steps to increase inclusion in programming and future exhibitions at the Museum.


Talk About It: Black Women in the Arts

Thursday, February 23, 2023
5:30 - 7:30pm

Join Black students, faculty, and museum staff for a night of community and dialogue in the Centering Black Artists exhibition space. This event will focus on fostering conversation about Black women artists in the KMA collections.

5:30 pm - Networking and Refreshments in the Front Lobby
6:00 pm - View Exhibitions and Open Discussion in the Centering Black Artists Gallery

This event is hosted by student staff and interns from the Kennedy Museum of Art.