Over 150 years after the abolition of slavery in the USA, the Museum Of Modern Art in New York has just taken on an Afro-American curator to close an important gap in its collections: the absence of Afro-American artists in its collections.
More than a century after the invention of the expression “The Color Line” which refers to the line that determines who is black, who is white – with the underlying meaning of who is superior or inferior – the moment finally seems to have come to do away with the segregation that has virtually kept black art out of American museums as well as confining it to the threshold of the art market.
But getting to this point wasn’t that simple.
Introducing us to works of art, artists, art historians, collectors and gallery owners, “Noire est la couleur”, a film by Jacques Goldstein and Daniel Soutif, tells the story of the long journey Afro-American artists have undertaken to gain recognition, a journey taken in parallel to their struggle for civic rights in the USA. This journey has made it necessary for these artists to reclaim their own images which had been somewhat impaired by a discriminatory white perspective in a segregated society.
This film was produced within the framework of the exhibition “The Color Line” presented at the Musée Quai Branly from September 2016 to January 2017.