Breonna Taylor’s portrait will be on display at the Smithsonian Museum


Breonna Taylor of Louisville, a young woman who was murdered by police and whose life has become a beacon in the fight against police brutality and racial violence, will have her portrait on display at the Smithsonian as part of an exhibition exploring the Black Lives Matter movement.

This portrait, by the artist Amy sherald who also painted the controversial image of Michelle Obama, will be on display alongside works by other famous African-American artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sheila Pree Bright, Bisa butler and others. It is part of the Account: protest. Challenge. “Resilience” exhibition which started September 10 at Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture.

Taylor’s portrait has previously been exhibited at the Speed ​​Art Museum in Louisville. during his exhibition “Promise, Testimony, Remembrance” earlier this year.

In an article for the Smithsonian, Kevin Young, who is Director Andrew W. Mellon of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, said: “The show continues to tell the story of the centrality of the black experience found throughout the museum, while also connecting to our current moment, filled with the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racism and a renaissance in black art and art course. “

It is important that Taylor is on display alongside these other works that define and illuminate the black experience in the United States. She is a symbol of justice, and the way Sherald painted her with hints of “Lady Liberty,” it is important to see Taylor in this regard, as she is considered by many to be an equally important figure in the painting. quest for black Americans. true freedom and fairness. The exhibit is dedicated to this ongoing struggle and gives black artists the space to connect with their communities in a direct way that sometimes goes beyond aspirations of simply being a great artist in America.

“The exhibit seeks to forge connections between the Black Lives Matter protests, racial violence, grief and mourning, hope and change,” said Tuliza fleming, chief curator of visual arts for the NMAAHC and chief curator of the “Reckoning” exhibit in the Smithsonian article.

The portrait is on display at the Visual Art and the American Experience Gallery of the NMAAHC.

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