Can Tumblr Preserve Black Contemporary Art?

Image: Art Is... (Performance Still), 1983, By Lorraine O'Grady

                         Image: Art Is… (Performance Still), 1983, By Lorraine O’Grady

From The Creative Project:

Not all art makes it into art history textbooks. Kimberly Drew, the founder of Black Contemporary Art, a Tumblr that archives images of art made by black artists, learned this while interning at the Studio Museum in Harlem. “The three-month, paid internship had a profound impact on my career and opened my eyes to so many new artists and institutions,” Drew tells The Creators Project. “Each day I learned about someone or something knew: Lorraine O’Grady, the Watts Towers Arts Center, Julie Mehretu, Wifredo Lam, Trenton Doyle Hancock—so many names I’d never heard in my art history lectures.”

Drew created Black Contemporary Art to make those names known to a wider audience. “I wanted to continue to expand my knowledge of artists of color,” she explains. “When I couldn’t find anything I started the tumblr. It’s similar to the Toni Morrison quote, ‘If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it,'” says Drew, who also helps manage the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online identity as their Associate Online Community Producer.

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