The Weisman Museum of Art features highlights from Kinsey’s collection of African American art and history


The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University presents The Cultivators: Highlights from Kinsey’s African American Art and History Collection, an exhibit featuring masterful works of art, photographs, rare books, letters, and manuscripts that chronicle the achievements and contributions of African Americans over the past five centuries. Organized by Khalil Kinsey and Larry Earl, The Cultivators includes some of the collection’s iconic objects, which have traveled to more than 30 locations over the past 15 years, as well as works that have never been shown publicly.

Marking the first major local presentation of the Kinsey collection since 2007, The Cultivators will be presented at the Weisman Museum of Art from January 15 to March 27, 2022 and will be accompanied by a full lineup of public programs.

At the intersection of art and history, the exhibit covers the lives, art, and achievements of African Americans from the 16and century through the years of slavery and emancipation to the civil rights movement and up to the present day. The Cultivators celebrates the achievements and excellence of African Americans, offering a crucial counter-narrative by placing African Americans at the center, rather than the fringes, of American history. Artists represented in the exhibit include Ernie Barnes, Bisa Butler, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Augusta Savage, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and Charles White, among many others. Their work is contextualized through original historical documents, rare books, and photographs that tell the story of African American struggle and perseverance.

Opening celebration
Join us on Saturday, February 19 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. for outdoor exhibit tours and live music, food trucks, and family activities for all ages. There will also be a multimedia presentation by the Kinsey family at 3 p.m.

Admission and parking are free, but reservations are required.

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