We will hear from a dynamic Jewish Black Artist speaker who is an internationally renowned photographer and educator and the leader of a movement to gain wider exposure for Black and Brown artists nationwide. Archy LaSalle received a Bachelor of Art degree in Photography with honors from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1982. Early in his career, Mr. LaSalle received national and international attention for his artistic documentation of the M.B.T.A. Orange Line Southwest Corridor subway system project in Boston. He was awarded an artist’s residency at the Foundation Karolyi in Vence, France. His work in France subsequently earned him a residency at Cite Internationale des Artes in Paris. In 2007, he was the recipient of an ART grant from The Philanthropic Initiative for a photographic project in South Africa. Mr. LaSalle’s work is included in Black Photographers: 1945-1985, published by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. His photographs can also be found in the collection of many art museums including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the DeCordova Museum, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.
In conjunction with his artistic career, Mr. LaSalle has been a committed and dedicated educator who lectured frequently at art institutions here and abroad and who worked for 27 years in the photography department at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. LaSalle was the 2009 winner of the Excellence in Teaching National Award by CENTER in Santa Fe.
In the past few years, he began to focus on the considerable lack of representation of Black visual artists in the permanent collections of art museums. As an educator in a school where the majority of the students were Black and Brown, he was struck that his students only got to see themselves at exhibitions that most notably were available during Black History Month in February. This led him to look beyond his career and put together a grassroots organization to address the lack of representation of Black and Brown artists in the permanent collections of our art museums.
The mission of “WHERE ARE ALL THE BLACK PEOPLE AT” is to work directly with Museum Directors and Curators to help change the process and balance of acquisitions to more fairly represent our diverse world.
Registration is required for this free Zoom event. Please note: Registration for this event closes on March 2, 2021 at 4:00 PM.