The New Millennium

Afrofuturism = a philosophical approach to themes circulating through the African diasporic experience and conditions that explores the intersections of technology, science fiction, liberation, the imagination, and otherwise possibilities that the future might offer. Curator Ingrid LaFleur describes Afrofuturism as “a way of imagining possible futures through a black cultural lens.”

Kaylan Michel, Untitled, 2020











Kerry James Marshall, Past Times, 1994.











Edouard Manet, Luncheon on the Grass (Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe), 1863.











Past Times was owned by Chicago's Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, who purchased the work in 1997 for $25,000. MPEA sold the work at auction for $21.1 million.
  Kerry James Marshall, Untitled, 2003.











Kerry James Marshall, De Style
Kerry James Marshall, School of Beauty


Kerry James Marshall, "Identity," Art 21











Hans Holbein the Younger, The Ambassadors, 1533.











“For people of color, securing a place in the modern story of art is fraught with confusion and contradictions about what and who they should be – black artists, or artists who happen to be black. A modernist has always looked like a white man, in one way or another. Universality has, unquestionably, been his gift to bestow on others.” — Kerry James Marshall
Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 1995.
Kerry James Marshall, Untitled, 2009.











Kerry James Marshall, Crow and Goldfinch, 2020.
Kerry James Marshall, Black and Part Black Birds in America, 2020.











Roy DeCarava, Graduation, 1949.











Liberty/Libertà” exhibition for the American Pavillion at the Venice Biennale, 2019
Martin Puryear, Swallowed Sun (Monstrance and Volute), 2019.











Martin Puryear, A Column for Sally Hemings, 2019.












Mark Bradford, Tomorrow is Another Day, 2017. Representing the U.S. in the Venice Biennale.


Mark Bradford, Giant, 2007.
Mark Bradford, I Heard You Got Arrested Today, 2018.











Simone Leigh will represent the U.S. at the postponed Venice Biennale arts festival in 2022, the first Black female sculptor to do so.
“I acknowledge the paradox of my position during this time when the depth of white supremacy in America is in full view. I also recognize that this is a time when black artists and intellectuals of the diaspora are flourishing and have reached critical mass.” - NYT
Simone Leigh, Brick House, 2020.











Simone Leigh, The Waiting Room, 2014.
Simone Leigh, Cupboard VIII, 2018.











Amy Sherald, Michelle Lavaughn Robinson Obama, 2018.
Amy Sherald, The Girl Next Door, 2019.











Elizabeth Alexander just wrote a book called “The Black Interior,” and there’s a line that says, “Tapping into this black imaginary helps us envision what we are not meant to envision: complex black selves, real and enactable black power, rampant and unfetishized black beauty.” - NYT
Amy Sherald, Michelle Lavaughn Robinson Obama, 2018.
Amy Sherald, If You Surrendered to the Air You Could Ride It, 2019.










Kehinde Wiley, Femme Piquee Par un Serpent, 2008.











Kehinde Wiley, Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps, 2005.
Kehinde Wiley, Rumors of War, 2019.











Glenn Ligon, Warm Broad Glow, 2005.
Glenn Ligon, Double America, 2014.











Glenn Ligon, America, 2011.
Glenn Ligon, Aftermath, 2020.











lauren woods, AMERICAN MONUMENT, 2018 to present.











Nick Cave, Soundsuits, 1992 to present.





















Kerry James Marshall, Power to the People Pinup, date unknown.


Thank you!!!