Ming Smith Evidence


The word “evidence” has taken on juristic connotations, but it originally meant “obvious to the eye.” Nicola Vassell Gallery, whose inaugural exhibition bears that title, seeks to broaden the future of art by expanding its history. Ming Smith, the first woman to join Kamoinge, the famed Black photography collective, is the perfect subject to take up that mantle. “Evidence,” which brings together work from across Smith’s half-century career, showcases her incredible range, not only of subject—landscapes, portraits, protests—but also in craft.