223: Representing the Black Experience in Art

2022 IP Podcast Flash Briefing Round-Up - Episode 223 - Representing the Black Experience in Art - rectangle

with host artist Miriam Schulman


This week my briefings were all related to my visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where they have a number of exhibits representing the black experience in art.  

In this podcast, you will discover…

Ceramic Face Vessels 

Museums have been making an effort to reset the balance of their exhibits and the artists promoted. It’s part of the response to the social justice movements and subsequent conversations about the lived experience of non-white and other unrepresented artists. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art had several exhibits that highlighted previously overlooked artists. One of my favorite exhibits were ceramic face vessels.  

If you’re visiting (or planning to visit) the Metropolitan Museum of Art, be sure to check out my secret hack that will allow you to skip the long lines at the main entrance.  

Seneca Village Artists 

I checked out the new exhibit called Afro-Futurism at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That’s where I learned about Seneca Village. It was a thriving community until the land was appropriated for the park and the museum. The exhibit attempts to portray what might have come from the artists if the village had been permitted to thrive.  

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Representing the Black Experience Through Sculpture 

While at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I came across an exhibit I was not expecting called Why Born Enslaved. It’s a single sculpture by artist Jean Baptist-Carpeaux. 

He created this sculpture after emancipation in America and 20 years after slavery had been abolished in France as well. The sculpture is beautiful and it’s also a reminder that this woman was depicted as a slave in what could be considered an example of a white man’s vision of a woman in bondage.  

It’s a good reminder that context is always a part of the artist’s vision.  

For more on that topic, check out two great podcast conversations: How to Be an Anti-Racist Artist and  Poverty Mindset, both with artist Erica Courdae.  

Race and Winslow Homer 

I visited this exhibit with two other artists from the incubator. We all loved his painting called Cotton Pickers. It’s a beautiful painting and we all felt that Homer depicted the two women in a powerful way without trying to romanticize the era.  

His watercolors are all realistic, and he captures the expressions of the people in his paintings in a realistic way.  

If you’d like to learn to paint watercolor portraits you can get my new Portrait Painting eBook (free!) that has my 5 steps, plus my recommended list of supplies to get you started.  

Get Paid to Write Poetry 

When I left the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I walked past a man with a typewriter and a sign that said poems $2. I was intrigued and asked him to write me a poem.  

He asked me to share a bit about myself and he wrote a poem just for me. You can follow him on Instagram at j.d.b 

My book, Artpreneur The Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Sustainable Living from Your Creativity, is now available for pre-sale. It’s for poets and artists everywhere.  

About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

After witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, What Women Create, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. Check out my best-selling book with HarperCollins Leadership, Artpreneur, how to make money from your creativity, wherever books are sold. When I’m not in the studio, I split my time between New York City and a farmhouse in the country. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies

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Listener shout out of the week!

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After listening to this podcast, I understand a lot more about the business of being an art professional than I did before. I finally had the confidence to make my first two sales this spring, and I look forward to trying again! It is good to listen to someone who speaks courage into my ears.



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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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