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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.

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Antwaun SargentZach Hilty/BFA

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Micaiah Carter, Justin French, Antwaun Sargent, Quil Lemons, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Adrienne Raquel, Daveed Baptiste, Jamal NxedlanaZach Hilty/BFA

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Veuve ClicquotSteven Davis/Aperture

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Jermaine Daley, Micaiah Carter, Shibon KennedyZach Hilty/BFA

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Sarah McNear, WM Hunt, Catherine EvansZach Hilty/BFA

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Quil LemonsZach Hilty/BFA

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Arielle Bobb-Willis, Adrienne Raquel, Daveed BaptisteZach Hilty/BFA

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Jamal NxedlanaZach Hilty/BFA

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Kerby Jean-Raymond, Antwaun Sargent, Kennedy YankoZach Hilty/BFA

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Lesley Martin, Antwaun Sargent, Isabelle McTwiganZach Hilty/BFA

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Ben Kasman, Brooke Williams, Natasha Lunn, Lesley Martin, Jamal NxedlanaZach Hilty/BFA

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Cathy Kaplan, Mfon Usoro, Eno UsoroZach Hilty/BFA

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Flo NgalaZach Hilty/BFA

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Matthew So, Kristen Joy WattsZach Hilty/BFA

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Quil LemonsZach Hilty/BFA

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Roze Traore, Corey StokesZach Hilty/BFA

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Arielle Bobb-WillisZach Hilty/BFA

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Lazarus Lynch, JiaJia FeiZach Hilty/BFA

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Lesley Martin, Campbell AduZach Hilty/BFA

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Jari JonesZach Hilty/BFA

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Jordan Robson, Amina Ibrahim, Campbell AduZach Hilty/BFA

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Vincent Rutherford, Michael UmesiZach Hilty/BFA

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Daniel Levi, Mark HsuZach Hilty/BFA

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Christine HollingsworthZach Hilty/BFA

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Trevor James, Xya Rachel, Tyler ArtissZach Hilty/BFA

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Arnold Beretta, Katie BoothZach Hilty/BFA

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Becky Akinyode, Quil Lemons, Jade LeeZach Hilty/BFA

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Henny GarfunkelZach Hilty/BFA

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Isabelle McTwigan, Ben Kasman, Sally Carmichael, Mike SteeleZach Hilty/BFA

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Joshua KissiZach Hilty/BFA

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Tyler MitchellZach Hilty/BFA

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Miriam Sall, Justin French, Amy SallZach Hilty/BFA

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Anastasia SimpsonZach Hilty/BFA

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Chi Vengia, Yannis Davy, Marie-Ange ZibiZach Hilty/BFA

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Boram Lee, Frances Nguyen, Stephanie JohansenZach Hilty/BFA

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Javone Armada, Micaiah Carter, Bella BarnesZach Hilty/BFA

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Antwaun Sargent, Tyler MitchellZach Hilty/BFA

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Akeem Rasul, Gabriella Karefa-JohnsonZach Hilty/BFA

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Brandon St. Regis, Desmond SamZach Hilty/BFA

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Hannah Gottlieb-Graham, Antwaun SargentZach Hilty/BFA

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Antwaun Sargent, Mickalene ThomasZach Hilty/BFA

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Valerie Blaze, Andrew Grace, Zachary Tye Richardson, Cassandra AngeliqueZach Hilty/BFA

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Antwaun Sargent, Miles GreenbergZach Hilty/BFA

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Calvin Reedy, Katie BoothZach Hilty/BFA

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Erica Olson, Jamal NxedlanaZach Hilty/BFA

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Antwaun Sargent, Oscar NñZach Hilty/BFA

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Antwaun Sargent, Tyler MitchellZach Hilty/BFA

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Addis Boyd, Bella Barnes, DeRay MckessonZach Hilty/BFA

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Monique Long, Maria CarrasquilloZach Hilty/BFA

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Mickalene ThomasZach Hilty/BFA

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Catherine Matteo, Valen Brana, Adrienne Raquel, Chas ChevonneZach Hilty/BFA

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Miles Greenberg, JiaJIa FeiZach Hilty/BFA

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Noreen Ahmad, Mike BrisaZach Hilty/BFA

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Myla Williams, Ashia Williams, Ash FelderZach Hilty/BFA

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Tyler Mitchell, Jeremy O. HarrisZach Hilty/BFA

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Jeremy O. HarrisZach Hilty/BFA

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Anzie Dasabe, Al Green, Nico Kartel, Imani ShanteZach Hilty/BFA

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Trevor Begnal, Jonathan Samedy, Joshua Edwards, Ali WilliamsZach Hilty/BFA

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Al Green, Nico Kartel, Imani ShanteZach Hilty/BFA

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Faith CouchZach Hilty/BFA

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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.


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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