And the art comes out of the experience. Art is a form of experience of the person, the place, the history of the people and as Black people we are different. We hail from Africa to America, so the culture is mixed, from the African to the American. We can’t drop that. It’s reflected in the music, the dance the poetry and the art.
I’m just wondering how long is that going to take for the art community and the universities and the museums to understand that African Americans have a unique form of history. It’s recognized in music and the literature, why not the art? So I’m not going to rest until I can go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MOMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney and meet my friends in the African American gallery of these museums and see what the latest show is. There’s a cultural history and it should be allowed to show itself. Museums are tax-exempt public institutions for the public good and we’ve got to demand it.
The world premiere of Makers: Women Who Make America debuts on PBS on February 26 at 8pm EST on PBS. Check your local listings.