2nd Floor Focus Gallery
“Black Pearls” brings Washington DC-based photographer and activist Reginald Cunningham to Boca Raton’s historic Pearl City neighborhood to photograph the stories of generations. The artist will capture not just images of Pearl City residents, but also the physical and ephemeral elements that make up the community. Pearl City is the first district ever settled in Boca, and its physical property anchors downtown, located south of Glades Boulevard between Dixie and Federal Highways. Pearl City's community, however, stretches beyond these physical limits. Cunningham will be photographing and capturing the oral histories of current-day Pearl City residents but also of the children of the original settlers that have moved out of Boca Raton to the nearby cities. Investigating further the different ways that community can be defined, Cunningham’s special exhibition will feature 10-20 large-scale photographs with accompanying audio oral histories, and personal mementos passed down through families for generations. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalog featuring an introduction to the artist by Dr. Imani Cheers and historical essay on Pearl City by Dr. Candace Cunningham.
About the Artist:
Reginald Cunningham is a prominent Washington DC-based photographer that works in the dynamic fields of concert, fashion, and activist photography. Cunningham only fully embraced photography as recently as 2017, but within just five years, his work graced the cover of British Vogue’s 2020 September issue. Additionally, his photographs have been featured in international publications such as "The Washington Post," "Essence," "HuffPost," "Ebony," and "Buzzfeed." Throughout his career, Cunningham has made his focus the celebration of Black talent. Between his Master of Arts in Media + Communications, his established skill in fine art photography, and his interest in promoting revolutionary images, Cunningham has established a distinguished career path; It is a rare artist whose social activism matches their artistry.
Boca Raton Florida, 33432
Additional Sponsor Text
This exhibition has been made possible by the Museum's Leadership Donors.