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The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion

December 17, 2021 – April 17, 2022

Fusing art and fashion photography in ways that break down their long-established boundaries, The New Black Vanguard features vibrant color portraits, conceptual images, and fashion editorial photographs by groundbreaking Black photographers. Over 100 photographs–many found in traditional lifestyle magazines, ad campaigns, and museums, as well as on social media channels–open up conversations around the roles of the Black body and Black lives as subject matter.


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The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion is organized by Aperture, New York and is curated by Antwaun Sargent.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Airbnb Magazine.

At the Detroit Institute of Arts, major support is generously provided by Cadillac.   

Additional support is provided the MSU Federal Credit Union and the Desk Drawer Fund and Maureen and Roy S. Roberts, Rhonda D. Welburn, and Bank of America.