Here’s a discussion I tried to tack onto a reply by medievalpoc:
Once again, I’d like to boast about Houston’s Menil Collection The late John & Dominique de Menil brought modern (& ancient) art to Houston—along with philanthropy aimed at social issues.
John and Dominique de Menil were vocal champions of human rights worldwide, focusing their actions on civil rights in particular. In 1960 they launched the ambitious scholarly research project The Image of the Black in Western Art, directed by art historian Ladislas Bugner. Spanning nearly 5,000 years and documenting virtually all forms of media, the unprecedented research project was devoted to the systematic investigation of how people of African descent have been perceived and represented in art. For the first thirty years of its existence, the project focused on the production of a prize-winning, four-volume series of generously illustrated books, The Image of the Black in Western Art. Now, fifty years later, Dominique de Menil’s mission has been reinvigorated through the collaboration of Harvard University Press and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research to present new editions of the coveted five original books, as well as an additional five volumes.
Glad for the fine people continuing this project! If you’re ever in Houston, drop by the museum. It’s a gem. The items on display are ever-changing, but usually include a few lovely piece from antiquity—with black subjects. (Plus African art, Pacific art, other “Western” art from the caves onward. And a strong Surrealist collection,)
If we Texans can know this about art history, there is no excuse for ignorance. Or racism, either….