January 21 - May 5, 2021

Featuring work from Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Letitia Huckaby, Norman Lewis, Howardena Pindell and Angelbert Metoyer among others.


Collecting Black Studies: an Exhibition, takes cues from UT Press’s recently released publication, Collecting Black Studies: The Art of Material Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. As with the publication, this exhibition is organized around four central themes—abstraction, identity, resistance and transition—which University of Texas Professor of Art History, Eddie Chambers, thoughtfully contextualizes with the short written passages accompanying each section. While some of the works on view are featured in the publication, we are pleased to present recent acquisitions in the Christian-Green Gallery.

What began as an effort to prevent the neglect and potential loss of hundreds of African objects at the University of Texas at Austin has evolved into one of the most significant collections on campus. The art collections at Black Studies were born from the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies’ Art and Archive Initiative, under the leadership of Cherise Smith, Omi L. Jones, and Edmund T. Gordon.

Today Black Studies at the University of Texas boasts approximately 900 objects from sub-Saharan Africa, over 200 contemporary works from African American and Afro-Caribbean artists, and more than 100 pieces jointly held with other collecting entities on campus, adding a diverse richness to the overall collections. This exhibition gathers a sample of these holdings―including, paintings, photography, works on paper and sculpture, on paper, and photography―featuring artists who contribute to the Black Studies collections, to art history, and to the culture of Texas and beyond.