In honor of Pride Week, we are featuring works from our collection by LGBTQ+ artists whose creative practices reference this identity and/or experience. 

This work by Kehinde Wiley, who you may remember from last year’s A New Republic, is part of ‘Black Light,’ a series of 17 photographs. It is based on British painter Joshua Reynolds’ 1763 portrait of Susanna Gale, daughter of a British sugar planter in Jamaica. In Wiley’s rendering, a contemporary black man takes her place, unsettling categories of race, sexuality, gender, and privilege. 

Posted by Rujeko Hockley 
Kehinde Wiley (American, born 1977). “Miss Susanna Gale,” 2009. Brooklyn Museum © Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

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