Join the New-York Historical Society on Friday, December 9, at 1pm (ET) for Black Presence and the American Art Museum. This free virtual event will examine the historically ambivalent place of artists of African descent in the American art museum and ask what it might portend for us today.

  • Keynote Moderator: Kellie Jones
    Kellie Jones is chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies department and Hans Hofmann Professor of Modern Art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. Her research interests include African American and African Diaspora artists, Latinx and Latin American Artists, and issues in contemporary art and museum theory. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received numerous awards for her work, including a 2016 MacArthur Foundation fellowship.
  • Rujeko Hockley
    Arnhold Associate Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Cameron Shaw
    Executive Director, California African American Museum

Registration is required to receive a link to this free online discussion. To RSVP, visit

Since its founding in 1982, the Henry Luce Foundation’s American Art Program has supported wide-ranging collection projects and exhibitions at art museums in all 50 states. In commemoration of the program’s 40th anniversary, the Foundation has organized a yearlong series of virtual conversations moderated by field leaders and Luce grantees, past and present. Deliberately forward-facing rather than retrospective, the Henry Luce Foundation Conversations on American Art and Museums at the New-York Historical Society explore what the best futures of American art and museums might look like. Participants will explore the role of the visual arts in an open and equitable society and the capacity of art museums to challenge accepted histories, elevate underrepresented voices, and host the critical conversations in which we need to engage.

View the full schedule of future programs.