A human figure with wings appears stamped in black ink against a pale blue background with a yellow circle behind the head and torso

Black Writing

Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 317; Dolph Simons Family Gallery, 316

This major exhibition will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the History of Black Writing, a research unit in the KU Department of English that archives and amplifies Black storytelling. Through a combination of works in the Spencer’s collection as well as loans and commissions, this exhibition will present contemporary artists whose work represents or addresses literature, writing, reading, and language. In addition to extending the goals of the History of Black Writing through visual culture, the exhibition will include a reading space and installation of documents from the project’s archive.


Dread Scott, I wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free, 2023, Photo by Elisabeth Bernstein, Courtesy of the Artist and Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York