Black Every Day: Photographs from the Carter Collection

A black-and-white photograph of four young Black boys lying on each other and a sidewalk, smiling up at the viewer.
June 11–September 11, 2022
Second floor

This exhibition explores over a century of photographic representations of Black Americans as represented in the Carter collection. Instead of focusing on major historical events or contemporary images of strife and violence, Black Every Day explores the fullness and richness of Black culture, addressing themes of community, excellence, family, and labor.

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More than 100 vernacular images by unidentified photographers join over 50 works by iconic artists including Roy DeCarava, Dorothea Lange, Deana Lawson, Gordon Parks, James Van Der Zee, and Garry Winogrand. Through this range of perspectives, Black Every Day focuses on moments of Black life that often go unacknowledged. It features people celebrating, gathering, innovating, working, and worshipping, explicitly and solely focusing on communities who don’t always see their experiences reflected on museum walls.

Installation Photos

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Black Every Day is organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. It is co-curated by Lauren Cross, artist, curator, and Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies at the University of North Texas, and Kristen Gaylord, Associate Curator of Photographs at the Carter.