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Events Featuring Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite at Reynolda House Museum of American Art | Arts

Our search for “beautiful” on Friday, March 11, 7 p.m. and

The Guardian of Images on March 19, 4 p.m.

Black is beautiful: the photography of Kwame Brathwaite is on display at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in the Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing Gallery.

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (March 2, 2022)—Black is beautiful: the photography of Kwame Brathwaite is on view at Reynolda House Museum of American Art until May 8. Along with the exhibition, Reynolda is offering several related events, including Our Search for “Beautiful” on Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. and The Keeper of the Images on March 19 at 4 p.m.

black is beautiful is the first major exhibition dedicated to this central figure of the second Harlem Renaissance whose art popularized the “Black Is Beautiful” cultural movement born in the 1960s in the United States. Through more than 40 iconic photographs of black men and women with natural hair and clothing claiming their African roots, black is beautiful reflects how Brathwaite, inspired by the writings of renowned black nationalist and activist Marcus Garvey, used his art to bring about social change in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Tickets for Black is beautiful: the photography of Kwame Brathwaite are available at


Our search for “beautiful”

Friday, March 11, 7 p.m.

Free with prior registration, Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Register at Attention: there are a limited number of places left

Women of color who are leaders in our local community will share their personal experiences of changing beauty standards as another thoughtful layer for black is beautifull at this in-person event. Speakers will discuss topics such as examples of colorism, representation in art and popular media, and generational differences. This roundtable will be moderated by Owens Daniels, photographer and Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts Creative Catalyst Fellow in Art and Community Engagement at Reynolda. Panelists will include Nikita D. Wallace, Founder and Creative Director of Winston-Salem Fashion Week, and Kellie Easton, President and CEO of Action4Equity. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. before the program.

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Guardian of Images: Harlem by Kwame Brathwaite

with Kwame S. Brathwaite and Corey DB Walker, Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University

March 19, 4 p.m. Note: This is a virtual event

Free upon prior registration, Online

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Kwame S. Brathwaite, son of the “Keeper of Images” and black is beautiful photographer, will lead an interdisciplinary exploration of Pan-Africanism. This panel discussion will discuss Marcus Garvey’s influence on social activism, changing conceptions of fashion and beauty, the centrality of jazz and blues to 20th century black cultural identity, and Moreover.

Sponsored by Wake Forest University Humanities Institute, with support made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Bynum E. Tudor Fund for Reynolda House Museum of American Art.


the Black is beautiful: the photography of Kwame Brathwaite is organized by Aperture Foundation, New York and Kwame S. Brathwaite. The exhibition Black is beautiful: the photography of Kwame Brathwaite and the accompanying Aperture publication are made possible, in part, through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles.


Reynolda House is grateful for the support of the following sponsors of black is beautiful:

Main sponsors

Bank of America

The Cathleen and Ray McKinney Exhibition Fund

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Arts Council

Main Sponsors

Mr. Olle and Dr. Emily Rostlund

Contributing Sponsors

Lisa and Alan Caldwell

Terrie and John Davis

Scottie and David Neil

Wake Forest University

Exhibition partners

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Dr. Amy McMichael-Thomas and Mr. Ralph Thomas

Taylor & Taylor, Lawyers, PLLC

Times and admission

Reynolda House Museum of American Art, located at 2250 Reynolda Rd., is open to visitors Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Admission is chargeable. Museum members, children 18 and under, students, active or retired military personnel with ID, EBT cardholders, employees of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with a valid ID are granted free entry to the museum. Reynolda House passes in English and Spanish are also available free of charge from all branches of the Forsyth County Public Library. View all free admission opportunities.

Reynolda Gardens is open for free daily from dawn to dusk. The Greenhouse is currently closed. The opening hours of traders in the village of Reynolda vary. No ticket is needed to shop at the Reynolda House Museum store. Explore for more information.

About Reynolda

Reynolda is located on 170 acres in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and includes Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Reynolda Gardens, and Reynolda Village Shops and Restaurants. The Museum presents a renowned art collection in an incomparable historic setting: the original 1917 interiors of the 34,000 square foot home of Katharine and RJ Reynolds. Its collection is a timeline of American art, and featured exhibits are offered in the museum’s Babcock Wing Gallery and in the rooms of the historic house. The gardens serve as a 134-acre outdoor horticultural oasis open to the public year-round, with colorful formal gardens, nature trails and a greenhouse. In the Village, the estate’s historic buildings now house a vibrant mix of boutiques, restaurants, businesses and services. Plan your visit to and use the free Reynolda Revealed mobile app to tour the estate.