The Black Portrait

Black portraiture is everywhere—gallery walls; Capitol Hill; the cover of Vanity Fair, TIME, and Vogue; public and private collections; and college campuses. In this class, students examine the evolution and popularity of the Black portrait across mediums, geographies, and time. Students also consider enduring debates concerning Black figuration while also investigating how artists of African descent have changed the conventions of portraiture and ideas about picturing the self.

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