Juneteenth Exhibition Premiere Event
Time & Location
About the Event
"What is Black Art?"
Following the murder of George Floyd and last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, the demand for “Black art” skyrocketed as masses of people were looking for ways to meaningfully support Black communities. The interest in “Black art,” however, begs the question of what “Black art” entails. Is it focused on “Black” subjects and subject-matter, or is it any art by a Black artist? Black artists in particular have grappled with this question as they aim to capture this demand of “Black Art” while trying to avoid pigeon-holing themselves into a certain category of art, especially one that may fall into a trope of Black trauma and pain.
This exhibition aims to start a broader dialogue about what entails “Black art,” what perspectives we project onto art by Black artists, and how Black artists identify themselves and their artwork.
About the Opening Night Event:
The event will be hosted at the Eaton Hotel DC, a dynamic hotel focused on the progress of Black culture and humanity, in their Workshop. All guests will need to check-in upon entering and will be expected to wear masks for the duration of the event. The timeline of the night is as follows:
- 7:30-8:00: Arrival/Check-In
- 8:15: Remarks
- 8:45-9:30: Art Exhibition Premiere
- 9:30: Wrap-Up
There will be cash-bar and areas to safely co-mingle. Dress code is semi-formal or cocktail attire.
The Rest of the Exhibition:
After the opening premiere event, the exhibition will be free and available to the public for walk-ins for the remainder of the weekend (until Sunday June 27th). After June 27th, the exhibition will be available at the Eaton DC (unaccompanied) or by appointment until July 9. We will also be providing a virtual exhibition for those who are unable to attend until July 25.
Sponsors: We are proud to be sponsored by DC-area and national Black-owned businesses for this exhibition.