18 Black Artists Showcased Their Powerful Work Front and Center at the US Open
The 2020 US Open kicked off on Aug. 31 with some of the best tennis players from around the world battling it out on the court, and while the stands may not be filled with fans this year, they are worthy of applause. As part of the USTA's Be Open Initiative "to advance inclusivity and diversity through tennis," the organization has transformed the front-row seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium with artwork from 18 Black artists across the country. The "Black Lives to the Front" installation highlights various art styles with the intent of calling attention to the Black Lives Matter movement, sparking meaningful conversations and bringing racial equality to the forefront.
"This year more than ever, we wanted to use our global platform in a meaningful way by engaging in an important and much-needed conversation about racial inequality in our country," USTA representative Nicole Kankam told POPSUGAR via email. "We are incredibly proud of the Black Lives to the Front initiative and the remarkable artwork the 18 Black and BIPOC artists created. We are bringing the Black Lives Matter conversation to the forefront and we hope that, while millions watch the world's greatest tennis players from home, the art installation will encourage people to talk about the issues and learn about these remarkable artists and their stories."
The artwork will consistently be presented on screen, making it viewable to people worldwide. Keep reading for a closer look at all 18 pieces and to hear more about the Black artists behind the powerful works of art.