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Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite

February 5 @ 9:30 am - May 8 @ 4:30 pm


Throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used his photography to popularize the transformative idea that “Black is Beautiful.” This exhibition—the first dedicated to Brathwaite’s remarkable career—tells the story of a central figure of the second-wave Harlem Renaissance. In addition to his work in photography, Brathwaite founded two key organizations: the African Jazz-Art Society and Studios (AJASS), a collective of artists, playwrights, designers, and dancers, and the Grandassa Models—the subject of much of this exhibition’s contents—a modeling agency for Black women, founded to challenge white beauty standards.

Exhibition organized by Aperture Foundation, New York and Kwame S. BrathwaiteThe exhibition Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite and the accompanying Aperture publication, are made possible, in part, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles.

Image: Kwame Brathwaite, Sikolo Brathwaite wearing a headpiece designed by Carolee Prince, African Jazz-Art Society & Studios (AJASS), Harlem, ca. 1968; from Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful (Aperture, 2019). Courtesy the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles.


February 5 @ 9:30 am
May 8 @ 4:30 pm
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Reynolda House Museum of American Art
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Winston-Salem, NC 27106 United States
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