Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents 8–12 exhibitions per year in the Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, the Barbara and Paul Uhlmann Gallery, the Meeting Room Gallery, and the Kemper East Gallery. The Museum curates exhibitions from its Permanent Collection and of the work of emerging, midcareer, and established artists.
This exhibition of the work of Chicago-based photographer and educator Dawoud Bey (American, born 1953) features selections from his recent black-and-white photographic series Night Coming Tenderly, Black. These images reimagine sites along the last stops of the Underground Railroad from Cleveland and Hudson, Ohio, to Canada, a free country for self-liberated African people. Bey finds inspiration for this series in the soft tones and significant subjects—African Americans and New York City jazz musicians among them—depicted by photographer Roy DeCarava (1919–2009).