Harlem Renaissance Centennial Exhibit In Plano Shows Where ‘Art And History Intersect’

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey started buying art 50 years ago. Today, the Kinsey Collection travels around the country, illuminating 400 years of the African-American experience, through documents, books, artifacts and artwork.

A portion of the collection is on view at the ArtsCentre of Plano. I sat down with the Los Angeles couple to talk about why we don’t know as much as we should about black history.

The Kinsey Collection Celebrates The Harlem Renaissance runs through Sept. 22.

Today your collection is a moving testimony to the accomplishments, experiences, and artistry of African-Americans. But it started with a historical document: a bill of sale for an enslaved man named William Johnson. What did that…

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