Consulting producer Thelma Golden said, "Today's Black artists have worked to envision their place in the art world, and in the process, their place in a historically exclusionary canon. [...] ‘Black Art: In the Absence of Light’ introduces an art history through the lens of Blackness, foregrounding the definitive importance of representation and its scholarship, and in so doing, inspiring generations to come."
Golden’s work as director and chief curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and her groundbreaking exhibition “Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art” in 1994-95, are explored in the context of rising appreciation of Black artists in America.
Also highlighted are influential collectors, curators and scholars, including Mary Schmidt Campbell, Rujeko Hockley, Sarah Lewis, Richard Powell, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean), and Bernard Lumpkin, among others.
The documentary will be available for streaming on HBO and HBO Max from February 9th.