Dana Scruggs, Nyadhour, Elevated, Death Valley, California, 2019
Dana Scruggs, Nyadhour, Elevated, Death Valley, California, 2019 

The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, Detroit Institute of Arts

17/12/2021 - 17/04/2022

547 W. 27th Street 
4th Floor 
10001 New York


Vibrant color portraits, conceptual images, and fashion editorial photographs by 15 emerging black photographers are the subject of this exhibition that fuses the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down their long-established boundaries. Over 100 photographs–many found in traditional lifestyle magazines, ad campaigns, and museums, as well as on the individual’s social media channels, reinfuse the contemporary visual vocabulary around beauty and the body with new vitality and substance. The images open up conversations around the roles of the black body and black lives as subject matter; collectively, they celebrate black creativity and the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image.