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The Problem with Archives: A Portrait is Worth Our Words

Updated: Jul 24, 2023


Works by Lillian Young

On view June 2 - July 22, 2023


Transystems Corporation Gallery


Historical artist, Lillian Young, depicts forgotten or not well-known moments in the historical Black experience, focusing on lesser-known Black leaders, stories, events, and objects commonly known within Black communities. Often historical facts have been modeled to fit others' narratives and these changes can affect how we understand and react to current events. Today many people work against understanding facts of history, especially in BIPOC narratives. In highlighting these moments Lillian works to make a connection to the social anxiety felt today from the rise in racism, loss of representation, and her own struggle to continue to fight for equity.


Lillian’s work has appeared in galleries across the United States and is currently on view in South Africa. Lillian is the Family Programs Coordinator at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. She received her BFA in Studio Art from Texas Christian University in 2018 and in the Spring of 2022, she received her MFA in Studio Art with a certification in Museum Studies from Michigan State University. Lillian has worked at the Kimbell Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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