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THE BLACK IMAGE CORPORATION

Foto 20/09/2018 - THE BLACK IMAGE CORPORATION
Foto 20/09/2018 - THE BLACK IMAGE CORPORATION
08/09/2018 - 14/01/2019: Humanistic/artistic cultural events Exhibitions

Fondazione Prada presents “The Black Image Corporation”, an exhibition conceived by Theaster Gates, from 20 September 2018 to 14 January 2019 at the Osservatorio venue in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan.

The project explores the fundamental legacy of Johnson Publishing Company archives, which feature more than 4 million images and have contributed to shape the aesthetic and cultural languages of the contemporary African American identity.

Founded by John H. Johnson in 1942, his eponymous publishing company created two landmark publications for black American audiences: the monthly magazine Ebony and its weekly sister outlet Jet, whose publication was respectively initiated in 1945 and in 1951. Ebony and Jet were committed to both celebrating positive everyday events and depicting the complex realities black Americans faced in postwar USA. The magazines quickly became two of the major platforms for the representation and discussion of black culture, covering a broad range of events and personalities from historic milestones such as the March on Washington in 1963 and the first African-American astronaut to sports icons and show business celebrities.

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Where: Osservatorio - Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 2