Inspired by the late David Driskell’s landmark 1976 exhibition, “Two Centuries of Black American Art,” the documentary Black Art: In the Absence of Light offers an illuminating introduction to the work of some of the foremost Black visual artists working today.
Directed by Sam Pollard (Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children) the film shines a light on the extraordinary impact of Driskell’s exhibit on generations of Black artists who have staked a claim on their rightful place within the 21st-Century art world. Interweaving insights and context from scholars and historians, along with interviews from a new generation of working African American curators and artists including Theaster Gates, Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald and Carrie Mae Weems, the documentary is a look at the Contributions of Black American artists in today’s contemporary art world.
Black Art: In the Absence of Light is produced and directed by Sam Pollard; produced by Daphne McWilliams; cinematography, Henry Adebonojo; editing, Steven Wechsler; original music, Kathryn Bostic. Executive producers, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Jacqueline Glover; consulting producer, Thelma Golden.
- Jordan Casteel “Jireh”
- Jordan Casteel “Medinilla, Wanda, and Annelise”
- Amy Sherald “Pythagor”
- Kara Walker “The Battle of Atlanta”
- Kara Walker “Insurrection!”
- David Driskell “African Women, Windows” (Courtesy of the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park)
- Kerry James Marshall “Untitled”
- Kerry James Marshall “Many Mansions”
- Kerry James Marshall “Untitled/ Club Couple”
- Amy Sherald “She had an inside and outside now suddenly she knew how not to mix them”
- Kerry James Marshall “Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self”
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