In celebration of Black History Month, the KIA presents a free screening of the acclaimed 2021 HBO documentary, Black Art: In the Absence of Light. Directed and produced by Sam Pollard, the film was inspired by the 1976 exhibition Two Centuries of African American Art, the first large-scale survey of African American artists, curated by artist David Driskell. Black Art: In the Absence of Light explores the indelible impact that Black artists have made on American art throughout the nation’s history, despite pervasive discrimination and marginalization. It features insights and reflections from preeminent contemporary artists and scholars, including Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Theaster Gates, Amy Sherald, and Carrie Mae Weems.
Admission to the film screening is free, but preregistration is encouraged! Arrive by 1:30 pm for a docent-led tour of works by African American artists in the KIA’s collection, included with the price of gallery admission.
Free refreshments will also be served during the screening!