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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM

Day 25: Barkley L. Hendricks

Barkley L. Hendricks’ large-scale paintings and photographs epitomize black American urban style. His portraiture works infuses a certain romanticism into realistic depictions of contemporary black people. Dignified and fashionable, his subjects aren’t generic types but recognizable human beings.

Watch this vignette of Hendricks’s explaining the “The Birth of Cool” from the 2008 career retrospective exhibition of the same name at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art.


30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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