Collecting Black Visual Culture


August 18, 2023 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Join Curator and Art Professional Halima Taha for an enlightening exploration of how art collectors impact the marketplace, plus tips on collecting art.

Event Details

Collecting Black Visual Culture is a presentation to The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper exhibition.

Halima Taha, art professional and author of the classic book, Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas, provides an overview of how the collective activity of the art world impacts the marketplace for art produced by artists of African descent. A historical overview of how the discipline of African American art history evolved, collecting tips, and a context for why it has taken until the 21st century for major private and public collections and museums to fill the historical gaps in their collections and exhibition schedules is discussed.

This talk is included with Museum admission. This program is eligible for CPE credit, email

About the Presenter

Halima Taha is an art professional whose curatorial, art advisory, gallery, appraisal, strategic planning, writing, and management services develop corporate, not-for-profit, academic, and civic programs and audiences. She is best known for her groundbreaking bestseller, Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas, the first book to validate collecting fine art, printmaking, and photography by Americans of African descent as viable assets and commodities in the market. It was also used as a choice PBS membership incentive raising three times its fundraising goal. In addition, her work provided the Foundation, in conjunction with the historic National Black Fine Art Show (1997-2009), to cultivate and educate the market, enabling Swann Galleries to successfully establish the first African American auction category within an international arena since 2008. Her work also catalyzed significant museums to pursue collections of African American art for exhibition within the last 25 years worldwide. She is an art advocate committed to nurturing the development, documentation, and acquisition of Black visual culture as a professional speaker and arts writer for Artnet, Black Art In America, Pigment, Tribes, and SugarCane Magazine.

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This event is generously sponsored by Jeanne and Michael L. Klein.

The exhibition The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

Sponsored by the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Hall Fund.

The Bullock Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.