Black Identity and Representation

Explore The Museum to find artworks created by African American artists from Indiana. 

This tour highlights works by African American artists that focus on issues of Black identity and representation. In the predominately white and Eurocentric art culture of the United States, these artists are innovative and occasionally radical in their choice to showcase subjects and experiences from their own lives and communities. While not all of these works were intended to be overtly political, they point to the dearth of Black representation in American art and underscore a rich diversity of artmaking practices that have rarely been accounted for in mainstream narratives. 

 

FLOOR 2

 

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Little Brown Girl 
John Wesley Hardrick 
1927 
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields 
Gift of a Group of Affrican-American Citizens of Indianapolis, April 16, 1929
29.40
© John Wesley Hardrick 
Floor 2 - K205 - Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Galleries

 

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Dolly & Rach
John Wesley Hardrick 
About 1930 
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Lent by Constance Stubbs
© John Wesley Hardrick 
Floor 2 - K205 - Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Galleries
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The Artist's Party
Joseph Delaney 
1941-1943 
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Gift of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Indianapolis Chapter, Mr. Kim Anderson, and the Estate of Hermine Floch by exchange 
2003.51
© Joseph Delaney 
Floor 2 - K205 - Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Galleries
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Gamin
Augusta Savage
About 1930 
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
The Indianapolis Chapter of the LInks, Inc., Gift of the Friends of American Art by exchange
2008.183
© Augusta Savage.
Floor 2 - K205 - Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Galleries
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The Expulsion of Colin Kaepernick and John Brown
Roberto Lugo
2017
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Martha Delzell Memorial Fund
2019.15A-B
© Roberto Lugo. Courtesy of Wexler Gallery. 
Floor 2

FLOOR 3

 

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Bodily Study: Stasis Restored
Matthew Angelo Harrison
2020
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Design Arts Society Fund 2021.1
© Matthew Angelo Harrison. Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco.
Floor 3 - H302 - Contemporary Design Gallery