Black Art: In the Absence of Light
“Black Art: In the Absence of Light, [is] a rich and absorbing documentary directed by Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI) and debuting on HBO Tuesday night.
The feature-length film, assembled from interviews with contemporary artists, curators and scholars, was inspired by a single 1976 exhibition, Two Centuries of Black American Art, the first large-scale survey of African-American artists. Organized by the artist David C. Driskell, who was then-head of the art department at Fisk University, it included some 200 works dating from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century, and advanced a history that few Americans, including art professionals, even knew existed.”
Image: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Studio), 2014 (detail)