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A Look Inside the Opening of The New Black Vanguard Exhibition

Last week, in partnership with Airbnb Magazine, Aperture celebrated the opening of The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion curated by Antwaun Sargent.

The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Antwaun Sargent
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Micaiah Carter, Justin French, Antwaun Sargent, Quil Lemons, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Adrienne Raquel, Daveed Baptiste, Jamal Nxedlana
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception and Afterparty

Veuve Clicquot
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Jermaine Daley, Micaiah Carter, Shibon Kennedy
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Sarah McNear, WM Hunt, Catherine Evans
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Quil Lemons
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Arielle Bobb-Willis, Adrienne Raquel, Daveed Baptiste
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Jamal Nxedlana
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Kerby Jean-Raymond, Antwaun Sargent, Kennedy Yanko
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Lesley Martin, Antwaun Sargent, Isabelle McTwigan
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Ben Kasman, Brooke Williams, Natasha Lunn, Lesley Martin, Jamal Nxedlana
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Cathy Kaplan, Mfon Usoro, Eno Usoro
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Flo Ngala
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Matthew So, Kristen Joy Watts
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Quil Lemons
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Roze Traore, Corey Stokes
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Arielle Bobb-Willis
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Lazarus Lynch, JiaJia Fei
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Lesley Martin, Campbell Adu
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Jari Jones
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Jordan Robson, Amina Ibrahim, Campbell Adu
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Vincent Rutherford, Michael Umesi
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Daniel Levi, Mark Hsu
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Christine Hollingsworth
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Trevor James, Xya Rachel, Tyler Artiss
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Arnold Beretta, Katie Booth
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Becky Akinyode, Quil Lemons, Jade Lee
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Henny Garfunkel
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Isabelle McTwigan, Ben Kasman, Sally Carmichael, Mike Steele
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Joshua Kissi
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Tyler Mitchell
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Miriam Sall, Justin French, Amy Sall
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Anastasia Simpson
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Chi Vengia, Yannis Davy, Marie-Ange Zibi
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Boram Lee, Frances Nguyen, Stephanie Johansen
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Javone Armada, Micaiah Carter, Bella Barnes
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Antwaun Sargent, Tyler Mitchell
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Akeem Rasul, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Brandon St. Regis, Desmond Sam
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Hannah Gottlieb-Graham, Antwaun Sargent
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Antwaun Sargent, Mickalene Thomas
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Valerie Blaze, Andrew Grace, Zachary Tye Richardson, Cassandra Angelique
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The New Black Vanguard Opening Reception at Aperture: in Partnership with Airbnb Magazine

Antwaun Sargent, Miles Greenberg
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Calvin Reedy, Katie Booth
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Erica Olson, Jamal Nxedlana
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Antwaun Sargent, Oscar Nñ
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Antwaun Sargent, Tyler Mitchell
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Addis Boyd, Bella Barnes, DeRay Mckesson
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Monique Long, Maria Carrasquillo
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Mickalene Thomas
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard


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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Catherine Matteo, Valen Brana, Adrienne Raquel, Chas Chevonne
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Miles Greenberg, JiaJIa Fei
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Noreen Ahmad, Mike Brisa
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Myla Williams, Ashia Williams, Ash Felder
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Tyler Mitchell, Jeremy O. Harris
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Jeremy O. Harris
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Anzie Dasabe, Al Green, Nico Kartel, Imani Shante
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Trevor Begnal, Jonathan Samedy, Joshua Edwards, Ali Williams
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Al Green, Nico Kartel, Imani Shante
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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard


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The New Black Vanguard: After-Party Co-Hosted by The Standard

Faith Couch
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On Thursday, October 24, guests gathered at Aperture Gallery to celebrate the opening of The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, curated by Antwaun Sargent. The exhibition presents an expanded view of the book, featuring works by forty groundbreaking contemporary photographers.

Framed photographs are presented alongside vitrines of publications, past and present, that contextualize the images and chart the history of inclusion, and exclusion, in the creation of the commercial Black image, while simultaneously proposing a brilliantly reenvisioned future.

Guests included Mickalene Thomas, Miles Greenberg, Natasha Lunn, JiaJia Fei, Zachary Tye Richardson, Dig Ferreira, and New Black Vanguard artists Tyler Mitchell, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Jamal Nxedlana, Micaiah Carter, Campbell Addy, and Adrienne Raquel. Attendees enjoyed champagne by Veuve Clicquot.

Welcoming the crowd, Chris Boot, Aperture’s executive director, thanked Antwaun Sargent and project editor Lesley A. Martin; he also extended thanks to Aperture’s board of trustees, members, patrons, and staff, as well as Airbnb Magazine, Veuve Clicquot, and BFA, which photographed the event.

Lesley A. Martin, Aperture’s creative director, reflected on the inception of the project. “I do think it’s an editor’s job (and something we do here at Aperture) to try to assess where things are changing related to the image and power, and to find the key people who have their finger on that pulse,” she said. “It’s really clear that the right person to tell this story was Antwaun Sargent—and that we should build a platform and get out of the way.”

Sargent thanked all the artists included in the book and exhibition. He told the audience, “I hope you all continue to engage with these artists. If you’re an editor, hire these artists. If you’re a collector, buy their work. If you’re a writer, write about them. The New Black Vanguard is really, for me, a spotlight that hopefully creates more opportunities.”

Following the exhibition opening at Aperture Gallery, guests made their way to The Top of The Standard for an intimate celebration, where they danced to a DJ set by Oscar Nunez.

The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion is on view at Aperture Gallery through January 18, 2020.

The evening was photographed by BFA.

Supporters

The New Black Vanguard is presented in partnership with Airbnb Magazine.


Aperture also thanks The Standard and Veuve Clicquot for their support.

Click here to view the launch of The New Black Vanguard at NeueHouse on October 21, 2019.

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