Artists Connect to Blackness

Artist, Designer, and Art Advisor Cheryl Riley (@cherylrriley) recently led an in-depth conversation with League artists from varied media, asking them to reflect on the importance of Creating Community: Cinque Gallery Artists. This special exhibition hosted by The League was the first introductory survey to focus on Cinque Gallery, the innovative non-profit artists’ space dedicated to promoting the achievements of Black artists from its founding in 1969 until its closure in 2004. It celebrated a diverse selection of late twentieth century and contemporary artists who participated in this pioneering collaborative enterprise and highlights the interconnected histories of the artists of Cinque Gallery and The Art Students League.

In this video, Ms. Riley discusses the impact of this hub of Black arts and culture on the current generation of artists. Their answers may surprise and intrigue you!

Watch the discussion below: ⁠

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