Visual Arts

Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem

Venue: Gibbes Museum of Art


Showcasing works from The Studio Museum in Harlem, this traveling exhibition brings the full breadth of the museum’s unparalleled permanent collection to Charleston. Rather than aiming to construct a single history of “black art,” the exhibition, like the Museum itself, emphasizes plurality, including multiple approaches to and reflections on art created by artists of African descent. With works in all media from the 1930s to the present, the collection includes a wide range of well-known artists such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Thornton Dial (Spoleto Festival USA, 1997), David Hammons (Spoleto Festival USA, 1991), Kehinde Wiley, Fred Wilson, Lorna Simpson (Spoleto Festival USA, 1991), Kerry James Marshall, and Titus Kaphar. These artists are powerful voices in American art that encourage viewers to consider the world around them in new and thoughtful ways.

May 24 – August 18

This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and The Studio Museum in Harlem.