Young, Gifted and Black, an exhibition, featuring 50 contemporary artworks in various mediums by 47 artists of African descent, is curated by writer and critic Antwaun Sargent and artist and curator Matt Wycoff. The collection was started and co-owned by Bernard Lumpkin, a former MTV News producer whose work now promotes diversity in the once-monolithic world of art.
The exhibition explores themes of race, class, politics and human dignity via various mediums, including painting, drawing, portraiture, sculpting, multimedia, metalworks and new materials.
“African American artists are enjoying a surge of unprecedented influence with their work being highly-sought after by both private collectors and museum curators around the world,” said Lehman College Art Gallery Executive Director Bartholomew Bland. “The show will help art lovers discover groundbreaking new artists and re-examine the early works of those more established, like Mickalene Thomas, Kerry James Marshall and Kara Walker; it captures a very exciting moment.”
Other featured Young, Gifted and Black artists include on-the-rise Allison Janae Hamilton, Paul Sepuya, Cy Gavin; and still emerging Wilmer Wilson IV, Arcmanoro Niles, Sable Elyse Smith.
Young, Gifted and Black is the first New York City stand-alone showing of the now-traveling exhibition.
The opening reception, featuring appearances from the artists and performances by Lehman Stages and the Bronx Music Project, will take place on February 26, 2020, between the hours of 05:00 p.m. and 08:00 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.
After the February 26 opening reception, the exhibition is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m. through May 02, 2020.
Lehman College Art Gallery
Fine Arts Building
250 Bedford Park West
Bronx, NY 10468