Exclusive Preview: The Black List Project at the Brooklyn Museum


This morning we hit the press preview for The Black List Project: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell, an exhibition of photographs of prominent African Americans (Serena Williams, Chris Rock, Colin Powell, Toni Morrison, Russell Simmons, Al Sharpton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sean Combs, and many other A-listers from politics, the arts, sports, religion, and business) which opens tomorrow at the Brooklyn Museum.

You might have caught their HBO documentary Blacklist: Volume 1 when it aired back in August; if you didn’t, you can DVR it tomorrow night at 5 p.m. EST.

While we’ll be posting a video interview with Mitchell (a noted film critic whose show The Treatment has aired on KCRW since 1996) later, after the jump check out a review of the exhibit from Laval Bryant, a cashier for visitor services at the museum.

“I believe my favorite was Toni Morrison. I also liked Serena Williams. She’s very beautiful and it’s nice to see her not in her tennis outfit. I thought it was great. I appreciate it, as an African American living in United States and dealing with some of the issues that they talk about in the documentary. I like what they’re trying to speak about. When I was younger I went to a predominantly white school and I’ve been through a lot being an African American in New York City, so I do appreciate what they’re talking about. It’s great that the museum is bringing this project into the limelight because a lot of people didn’t get the chance to see the documentary and now they’ll have a more interactive experience with the portraits. It’s very beautiful and it does touch me. The timing is perfect, too. I was going to mention Obama before, but everyone has been talking about him. There has been a good response from the press this morning and that’s great because I feel like a lot of people are going to come out to Brooklyn and come see this exhibit. It is something that’s important to see and experience with your families.”

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (American, b. 1952). Serena Williams, 2008. Epson inkjet photograph. Collection of the artist, courtesy of Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery. © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders