Kwame S. Brathwaite, son of the “keeper of the images” and Black Is Beautiful photographer Kwame Brathwaite, will join Corey D.B. Walker, Wake Forest University professor of the humanities, for an interdisciplinary exploration of Pan-Africanism.
This panel presentation will discuss Marcus Garvey’s influence on social activism, changing conceptions of fashion and beauty, the centrality of jazz and blues to twentieth-century Black cultural identity, and more. Advance registration is required.
Women of color who are leaders in our local community share their personal experiences of changing beauty standards as another thoughtful layer to Black is Beautiful. They will discuss instances of colorism, representation in art and popular media, generational differences, and more.
Moderated by Owens Daniels, photographer and Reynolda’s Kenan Institute Catalyst for the Arts Fellow. Panelists will include Nikita D. Wallace, Founder & Creative Director for Winston Salem Fashion Week, Amatullah Saleem, community activist, and Kellie Easton, Action4Equity President and CEO. Reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by presentation at 7 p.m. Advance registration is required.
Photographer and printmaker Kimberly Varnadoe will lead a guided conversation through Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaitewith a focus on experimental photography. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance and visit the exhibition before the talk.
Afternoons with Scholars: Kwame Brathwaite and Ame
John J. Curley, Wake Forest University Professor of Art History, will discuss American photography from the 1960s and 1970s, thinking specifically about the exhibition The Family of Man, which opened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1955 and traveled globally thereafter.
After describing this exhibition and its influence, Curley will consider the ways that photographers—including Robert Frank, Roy DeCarava, and Diane Arbus, and Kwame Brathwaite—used their images to reject the show's optimistic view of a unified global community. Advance registration is encouraged.
[Exhibition] Black Is Beautiful: The Photography o
Throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used his photography to popularize the transformative idea that “Black is Beautiful.” This exhibition—the first dedicated to Brathwaite’s remarkable career—tells the story of a central figure of the second-wave Harlem Renaissance. In addition to his work in photography, Brathwaite co-founded two key organizations: the African Jazz-Art Society and Studios (AJASS), a collective of artists, playwrights, designers, and dancers, and the Grandassa Models—the subject of much of this exhibition’s contents—a creative collective of Black women, founded to challenge white beauty standards.
In Black Is Beautiful, experience more than forty of Brathwaite’s revolutionary photographs, garments worn by the Grandassa models, posters and Blue Note record albums.
Exhibition organized by Aperture Foundation, New York and Kwame S. Brathwaite. The exhibition Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite and the accompanying Aperture publication, are made possible, in part, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles.