Tuesday, Apr 2, 2024


Image from NXTHVN

The 14th iteration of Black Portraitures (BP) will take place over two days during the vernissage of the 60th Anniversary of the Venice Biennale. This year’s theme, Shifting Paradigms, will center thought leaders from Africa and the African Diaspora who are creating new models for the education, cultivation, exhibition, dissemination, and collection of art and images. The aim of the conference aligns well with the Venice Biennale’s theme, Foreigner’s Everywhere. Panelists will include a transnational list of artists, curators, art historians, writers, educators, collectors, gallerists, architects, and designers who use the experience of Blackness to facilitate new systems of knowledge within the field of art and storytelling. This version of BP will break new ground in numerous fields such as exhibition making, visual studies, art history, cultural criticism, the art market, urban planning, and Africana Studies.

Black Portraitures is for the first time being organized by NXTHVN and sponsored by the Terra Foundation in partnership with the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University; the Office of the Dean, NYU Tisch School of the Arts; the Office of Global Inclusion and Diversity at NYU; Center for Black Visual Culture at NYU; NYU Abu Dhabi; The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University; African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University; Mellon Arts Project, Columbia University; Hawthornden Foundation; Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective and Spelman College; Syracuse University; Getty Research Institute African American Art History Initiative; The Gordon Parks Foundation; The American Academy in Rome; and in partnership with the University of Palermo.