The Tate Americas Foundation is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of five photographs from Dawoud Bey’s series Night Coming Tenderly, Black using funds provided by the North American Acquisitions Committee.
Night Coming Tenderly, Black explores the history of fugitive movement along the Underground Railroad. Taken in the areas surrounding Hudson and Cleveland, Ohio – one of the final stopping points on the historic route – Bey’s photographs depict rural scenes at night. The photographs suggest what the passage to freedom might have looked and felt like from the perspective of nervous and disorientated fugitives, navigating obstacles and fear of ambush against a black night sky.
1 April 2021