Archive for August, 2020

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Aug
20

Keeping Breonna Alive Forever

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For more than 20 years, Amy Sherald has been putting the narratives of Black families and Black people to canvas. In 2016, she became the first woman and first African American to win the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which led to her painting Michelle Obama for the National Portrait Gallery in 2018. That oil-on-linen portrait was her first commissioned work—until Breonna Taylor. Taylor is an “American girl, she is a sister, a daughter, and a hard worker. Those are the kinds of people that I am drawn towards,” says Sherald, who is immunosuppressed and has been unable to participate in protests. She calls this portrait a contribution to the “moment and to activism—producing this image keeps Breonna alive forever.”

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Sherald’s process typically begins with taking a picture of her subject. Painting Taylor, a person she had never met, who would never be able to sit for her, presented a unique challenge. Sherald took extraordinary care in reimagining Taylor, inflecting her portrait with symbols of the 26-year-old’s life. Sherald found a young woman with similar physical attributes, studied Taylor’s hairstyles and fashion choices, and drew inspiration from things she learned about the young woman—that she had been a frontline worker in the battle against COVID-19; that her boyfriend had been about to propose marriage; that she was self-possessed, brave, loving, loved.

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29
Aug
20

Chadwick Boseman: Barrier-Breaker

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29
Aug
20

Young, Gifted, And Black

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28
Aug
20

Systemic Dehumanization Is The Root

27
Aug
20

#StrikeForBlackLives

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26
Aug
20

“I AM ANGRY”

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25
Aug
20

“We Are Scared As Black People In America”

24
Aug
20

Honor And Protect

23
Aug
20

Meeting Senator Obama

22
Aug
20

Mic Check…Mic Check!




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