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Art Talks! Docents in Dialogue - Ayinoluwa Abegunde ('22) & Hyohee Kim ('22)

Header image for the docent tour with Ayinoluwa Abegunde & Hyohee Kim.
LEFT: Kwame Brathwaite (American, born 1938) Untitled (Nomsa Brath with earrings designed by Carolee Prince), ca. 1964, printed 2018. RIGHT: Jackie Hetherington (American, 1935–1989) Mae, ca. 1985.
12 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri March 12, 2021
12 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Title: “Black is Beautiful: Black Beauty After the 1960s”

On this date, Ayinoluwa Abegunde (‘22, Chemical Engineering ) & Hyohee Kim (Kim ’22, Learning Sciences and Asian American Studies), will be discussing Untitled (Nomsa Brath with earrings designed by Carolee Prince), ca. 1964, printed 2018 by Kwame Brathwaite (American, born 1938) and Mae, ca. 1985 by Jackie Hetherington (American, 1935–1989). 

Description: This talk will examine how two artists used portraiture as a tool to promote Black beauty by means of community engagement and social improvement in a time where Western standards of beauty prevailed.


Online, free and open to all.


How do artworks talk to us… and to one another? And how can we learn to talk back? Join Northwestern undergraduates in The Block Museum Student Docent Program to consider these questions in a unique lunchtime series. Through half-hour discussion-based presentations, Northwestern docents from interdisciplinary fields of study will consider two works from the museum collection that have something to say to one another (and to us.) This season, the team will share artworks in our current exhibition For One and All: Prints from The Block’s Collection, and our upcoming Fall 2021 exhibition, Who Says, Who Shows, What Counts.  


This series is presented in conjunction with The Block’s 40th anniversary, Thinking about History with The Block Collection a year-long celebration of the Museum’s collection as a tool to help us reflect upon, question, and reimagine the past.



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