Celebrating Black Visual Artists: James A. Porter

Long, long, long before I decided to do these daily Black History Month blog postings honoring Black visual artists, there was James A. Porter. Known as the Father of African American art history, Porter was a painter, a Howard University art instructor, and the author of the first comprehensive history of African American art: Modern Negro […]

Celebrating Black Visual Artists: Kara Walker

In my Art History class, I recall our instructor glossing over Kara Walker and her masterpieces of black silhouettes against white walls. Walker was hurriedly described as “a contemporary  African-American artist who discusses the intersection of race, gender and sexuality.” I caught seemingly benign and cartoon-ish tidbits of Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil […]