EVENTS

Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - Sunday, September 1, 2019
Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90049 Map and directions
Image credits, from left: Kwame Brathwaite. Nomsa Brath wearing earrings designed by Carolee Prince, AJASS, Harlem, ca. 1964. Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles; Kwame Brathwaite. Photo shoot at a public school for one of the AJASS-associated modeling groups that emulated the Grandassa Models and began to embrace natural hairstyles. Harlem, ca. 1966. Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles.
Image credits, from left: Kwame Brathwaite. Nomsa Brath wearing earrings designed by Carolee Prince, AJASS, Harlem, ca. 1964. Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles; Kwame Brathwaite. Photo shoot at a public school for one of the AJASS-associated modeling groups that emulated the Grandassa Models and began to embrace natural hairstyles. Harlem, ca. 1966. Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles.

See the iconic images that amplified one of the most influential cultural movements of the 1960s: “Black Is Beautiful.”

Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite is the first-ever major exhibition dedicated to Kwame Brathwaite (b. 1938), a key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance. Inspired by the writings of black nationalist Marcus Garvey, Brathwaite combined his political vision with the medium of photography to effect social change.

Featuring over forty photographs of black women and men with natural hair and clothes that reclaimed their African roots, Black Is Beautiful illuminates how Brathwaite’s body of work challenged mainstream beauty standards that excluded people of color and exemplified how art can propel us toward greater equity and inclusion.

Tickets and Exhibition Info:
Exhibition on view April 11–September 1, 2019 

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
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Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 pm
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Closed Mondays and holidays

About the sponsor:
The mission of the Skirball Cultural Center is to explore the connections between four thousand years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It seeks to welcome and inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity in American life. Guided by respective memories and experiences, together they aim to build a society in which everyone can feel at home.