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

Marking the first major hometown presentation of the Kinsey Collection since 2007, The Cultivators will be on view at the Weisman Museum of Art from January 15 to March 27, 2022, and will be accompanied by a full slate of public programs.

At the intersection of art and history, the exhibition covers the lives, artistry, and accomplishments of African Americans from the 16th century through the years of slavery and emancipation to the Civil Rights Movement and up to the present. The Cultivators celebrates African American achievement and excellence, offering a crucial counter-narrative by placing African Americans at the center, rather than the margins, of American history. Artists represented in the exhibition 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 Their work is contextualized through original historical documents, rare books, and photographs that tell the story of African American struggle and perseverance.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 noon to 5pm for exhibition tours and outdoor live music, food trucks, and family activities for all ages. There will also be a multimedia presentation by the Kinsey family at 3pm.

Admission and parking are free, but reservations are required.

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