’20/20′ at the Carnegie: A passionate family gathering of African American art

During two recent trips to “20/​20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art,” I noticed only a relatively small number of black folks exploring the gallery spaces devoted to one of the most exciting art exhibitions Pittsburgh has hosted in years.

There are historic reasons for this, I suppose. Once upon a time, grand spaces such the Carnegie Museum of Art simply didn’t cater to the interests of Pittsburgh’s African-American community.

The good folks of Homewood, the Hill District and other predominantly black communities in Pittsburgh took the hint and pretty much stayed away. The snub was mutual and was compounded by generational indifference.

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By: Tony Norman
Courtesy of: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette