For this study, I will be exploring the importance of advocacy in the art culture community. My research question is: Do we still need a postblack lens to look at black art and content? Historically, the black arts community’s perspective following the civil rights era and leading to the rise of the Black Arts Movement had been left out of exhibition spaces. I intend to evaluate the impact of arts foundations and organizations that contributed to the success of artists and curators within New York City from the late 1960s onward. In the 21st century we have much more inclusive and integrated exhibitions, but how we measure this success is by assessing the influential and critical lenses of learning and teaching institutions in the community. A point of reference is the professional preference of institutions’ decision-making staff; i.e. curators, development, the museum board, and the lack of cultural diversity on staff. The 1960s will be examined to frame the context of the exhibitions and artists discussed, as well as the vocabulary surrounding Black art and its integration into art culture. Key terms derived from the active organizations and individuals critiquing art culture during this time were “black aesthetic” and “post-blackness.” Institutions or museums such as the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Museum will also be examined.


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