1968 was a year of turmoil and change: Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated; riots and protests dominated the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; and the Vietnam War continued to rage; claiming the lives of thousands of innocent civilians and soldiers alike.
By all accounts it was a lively celebration attended by founders and friends, artists and neighbors. They came together to celebrate this new space in Harlem devoted to showing and nurturing Black artists. A radical undertaking had become a reality.
The 50th Anniversary Gala raised a record $3.9 million, thanks to the generosity and support of the Museum’s incredible patrons, artists and friends.