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Sculpting History

American Artist Simone Leigh made history as the first Black woman to represent the United States in the American Pavilion

By Charity Ghali Photos by Theresa Carpenter Beames Few things in this world can be as multi-faceted and intellectually riveting as contemporary art. Its lovers savor its perspectives and hunger for its complexity. Per tradition, the contemporary art scene is feasting in Italy this year. The Venice Biennale, known as the “Olympics of the art world,” is the world’s oldest and most prestigious international exhibition of contemporary art. It gathers a global culture of creative minds and stands at the forefront of the international art scene. In April, American Artist Simone Leigh made history as the first Black woman to represent the United States in the American Pavilion. Leigh’s work was prodigiously well-received as no surprise to those who have witnessed her career and craft. Graciously sharing their credentials to attend the preview with members of their Donor’s Circle, KMAC supporters were some of the first to see the debut of Leigh’s monumental exhibition in the Giardini and to watch her make history. They were there reflecting KMAC museums’ ongoing evolution to become one of the region’s most innovative contemporary art spaces.

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