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African American Treasures: History and Art from the Collection of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey

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February 6, 2010 – May 2, 2010

A glimpse into the personal holdings of these passionate lifelong collectors, this exhibit spotlights key aspects of the black experience in America, with rare historical documents creating the context for sculptures and paintings by important African American artists. Read the letter a slave girl carried, unaware that its contents dictated that she be sold away from her home and family. See original documents written by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Appreciate original artwork ranging from an 1890 oil by still-life and landscape painter Charles Ethan Porter to a photograph by renowned photographer Gordon Parks. The exhibit is presented by the California Legislative Black Caucus and its February opening celebrates Black History Month.

Watch this video to get a better glimpse of this stunning exhibit and the people who created it.