Wednesday, January 26, 2022
World-Renowed Kinsey African American Art & History Collection Partners With SoFi Stadium For One-Of-A-Kind Exhibition
The Exhibition Marks The First Art Collection To Be Displayed At Hollywood Park Inside SoFi Stadium
Brought to you by the Kroenke Family Foundation and Hollywood Park Foundation
Inglewood, CA (January 26, 2022) – SoFi Stadium is proud to announce that the award-winning Kinsey African American Art and History Collection, one of the world’s largest private collections of African American art and historical artifacts, will be displayed at the stadium opening on February 23rd. Brought to Greater Los Angeles by the Kroenke Family Foundation and newly launched Hollywood Park Foundation, the exhibition marks the first ever art collection to be displayed at SoFi Stadium. The collection will feature over 70 masterful works of art, sculptures, photographs, rare books, letters, as well as a new interactive experience bringing the art to life.
The collection returns to Los Angeles after touring worldwide for 15 years. Black art from the past and present will be showcased along with work from LA-based artists presenting contemporary pieces at SoFi Stadium.
In honor of Black History Month, the collection will open on Wednesday, February 23 and be on display through April 2022.
One-hour, self-guided tours will be available Thursday through Monday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM inside SoFi Stadium. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 28 at 10 AM, for more information visit Sofi Stadium/Kinsey. The collection benefits the new Hollywood Park Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is launching with the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection. The foundation develops and supports youth programs focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education, and health and wellness. The Hollywood Park Foundation assists youth locally with education resources, healthy eating information, safe spaces for physical play, as well as other education, and health and wellness initiatives geared towards supporting youth.
“We are honored to partner with the Kroenke Family Foundation and the Hollywood Park Foundation and to bring the first ever art collection to SoFi Stadium,” said the Kinsey family. “We couldn’t be more excited to share the collection with our hometown of Los Angeles and look forward to providing an experience that educates, inspires and motivates.”
Having toured more than 30 cities in the U.S. and internationally, the collection has been viewed by more than 15 million people and will be showcased for the first time ever in a world-class stadium. The exhibition will feature powerful artworks from renown artists including Charles Ethan Porter, May Howard Jackson, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Ernie Barnes, Charles White and Romare Bearden, along with important historical objects such as letters from Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, a signed poem by Langston Hughes, the landmark 1954 Brown V. Board ruling establishing racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional, and much more. A new and dynamic digital enhancement experience will bring select artworks to life via animation and choreographed movement that will excite art lovers of all ages, along with augmented reality and contextual information through Google Arts and Culture’s online platform. Guests will experience art through the artist’s brush strokes, illuminating the senses.
“We look forward to bringing the Kinseys vision, and dedication to keeping history alive and relevant to SoFi Stadium,” said Jason Gannon managing director at SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park. “The Kroenke family is committed to highlighting the diversity of culture in the arts and bringing these opportunities to under-served communities.”
As a central component of the partnership, the Kroenke Family Foundation, Hollywood Park Foundation and The Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Foundation for Arts and Education will implement a dynamic community engagement initiative, working with Inglewood and Los Angeles area schools, as well as local non-profit organizations, to facilitate various educational programs, including field trips, school visits, arts education, teacher workshops, guest lectures and more.
“The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection is an award-winning exhibit, and we are proud to bring this comprehensive collection to SoFi Stadium and our community,” said Jason Witt, senior director, community affairs and engagement, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park. “We could not think of a more fitting initiative to launch our Hollywood Park Foundation, which will support education, arts, health and wellness. This collection will help us celebrate African American achievements with the Kinsey family.”
The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection is the inspired work of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, and their son Khalil, and considered one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind. Beginning over 50 years ago, the Kinsey’s have been on a journey of collecting fine art and primary source historical objects that document the African American experience and illuminate the untold stories of Black Excellence throughout U.S. history. Curated by Khalil Kinsey and historian Larry Earl, the exhibition focuses on the lives, accomplishments, and brilliance of African Americans from the 16th century through the years of slavery and emancipation to the civil rights movement through modern day.
About The Kinsey Collection
On tour since 2006, The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection has been displayed in over 30 museums throughout the country, with an international showing in Hong Kong and plans for Colombia and the UK. Via fine art, authentic artifacts, documents, literature, and more, the exhibition aims to share the stories of Black achievement and contribution that are rarely told or taught in school. The award-winning collection served as a foundational and precursor exhibition for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2011. Additionally, the collection was on view at EPCOT, Walt Disney World from 2013 – 2018, The collection has been cited for three national awards, including the President’s National Award for Museum and Library Services. The Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Foundation for Art & Education (a 501(c)3 organization) is an educational resource with nationwide institutional partnerships – kindergarten through college – dedicated to the research, interpretation, and presentation of African American history and culture globally. The Foundation endeavors to positively affect social change by assisting academic and cultural institutions with increasing public awareness of African American history and culture.
About The Kroenke Family Foundation
The Kroenke Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization established by E. Stanley Kroenke, Ann Walton Kroenke, Whitney Kroenke Silverstein, and Josh W. Kroenke. The Kroenke Family Foundation promotes a vision of philanthropy and positive change by funding programs and services that benefit education, art, animal welfare, the environment, and other societal needs that reflect the family’s charitable interests.
About Hollywood Park Foundation
Hollywood Park Foundation is a nonprofit organization that develops and supports youth programs focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education, and health and wellness. The Hollywood Park Foundation assists youth locally with education resources, healthy eating information, safe spaces for physical play, as well as other education, and health and wellness initiatives geared towards supporting youth.
About SoFi Stadium
SoFi Stadium, the home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, is located at Hollywood Park, a near 300-acre sports and entertainment destination being developed by Los Angeles Rams Owner/Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke in Inglewood, Calif. The 3.1 million square-foot SoFi Stadium is the largest stadium in the NFL, as well as the first indoor-outdoor stadium. It seats approximately 70,000, expandable up to 100,000, with more than 260 luxury suites and more than 13,000 premium seats. SoFi Stadium will host Super Bowl LVI in 2022, the College Football National Championship Game in 2023, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 2028. Adjacent to the stadium and sitting under the same roof canopy is the 2.5-acre American Airlines Plaza and the 6,000-seat YouTube Theater.
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