“African American Portraits: Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s” at The Met, New York


An exhibition of African American studio portraits titled “African American Portraits: Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s” will be unveiled on June 25 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The show runs through October 8.

The show features more than 150 studio portraits dating from the mid-20th century. “The exhibition offers a seldom seen view of the African American experience in the United States during World War II and the following decade — a time of war, middle-class growth, and seismic cultural change,” the museum says. “Part of an important acquisition made by The Met in 2015 and 2017, these photographs build on and expand the museum’s strong holdings in portraiture from the beginning of photography in the 1840s to the…

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