Kinsey’s African-American Art and History Collection opens at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum


The long-awaited exhibition, The Cultivators: Highlights from Kinsey’s Collection of African American Art and History, will open on January 15, 2022 and run until March 27, 2022, at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum on the Malibu campus. The award-winning exhibit is an awe-inspiring study of African American history and culture brought together by Bernard Kinsey (MBA ’73) and his wife, Shirley (MA ’76), through the decades. Curated by their son, Khalil, pieces in the collection include paintings, sculptures, photographs, rare books and more, celebrating the achievements of African Americans in the late 16th.e century to the present day.

“We are proud to welcome the Kinsey Collection here at Pepperdine,” said Jim Gash, President of Pepperdine University. “Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are among our most prestigious alumni and are revered for their leadership in business and education. We look forward to how this exhibit will facilitate a greater understanding and appreciation of African-American contributions and achievements to the our nation’s history, as well as fostering an increased community between Pepperdine and the City of Los Angeles. “

Widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive surveys of African American history and culture outside the Smithsonian Institution, the collection includes more than 150 pieces representing the intersection between art and history and reflecting the Kinsey’s journey of self-discovery. A groundbreaking exhibit that has been viewed by over 15 million people and received national media attention, the Kinsey Collection provides a comprehensive overview of the African American experience and the critical role African Americans have played in building this country, offering new perspectives on chapters in the nation’s history that have been overlooked.

A free opening celebration will take place at a later date depending on COVID-19 conditions. The celebration will be free and will include guided tours of the exhibit, live music by Jazzy Ash, Masanga Marimba and DJ Monalisa, as well as a talk on “The Myth of Absence” from the Kinsey family.

To learn more about the exhibition and to book, visit The Cultivators: Highlights from Kinsey’s Collection of African American Art and History website.


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