Black visual artists highlighted in HBO documentary to be shown at the GRAM in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — ArtXchangeGR is hosting a screening of the HBO documentary Black Art: In the Absence of Light on July 24.

The event, which is free, is being held at The Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St. NW, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. To do so, visit the event’s website.

The screening is part of the “Curating Culture Education Series: The Black Art Experience in West Michigan.” In addition to the screening of the documentary, the event will feature cheese and wine reception and a panel discussion with local collectors and artists.

Panelists include Dr. Doug Clarke, Ryan Crawley, Octavia Mingerink, Alfield Reeves, Lowell Reynolds, Jessica Stenhouwer, and Amanda Williams, according to a news release.

“The Curating Culture Education Series is designed to engage, cultivate, and encourage a strong and healthy art collecting community that seeks fine art created by artists of color,” according to a news release. “The event will focus on bringing collectors and local artists together to discuss, learn about, and meaningfully absorb Black art.”

According to a news release, the documentary, Black Art: In the Absence of Light, “offers an introduction to the work of some of the foremost Black visual artists working today,” according to a news release.

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