Former NBA Player’s Collection on View at Michigan Museums


Former professional basketball player Elliot “Socks” Perry (pictured in artist Kenturah Davis‘s studio), so nicknamed because of the distinctive, old-school style long socks that he wore throughout his NCAA and NBA careers, has, with his wife Kimberly Perry, become an important collector of contemporary art by African American artists. Now a selection of their holdings, including pieces by Kehinde Wiley, Hank Willis Thomas, and Nina Chanel Abney, will be the focus of an exhibition at the Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan.

Titled “Point of View: Contemporary African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection,” the show runs January 26-April 13 and features works by some 36 African American artists, as well as three artists of the African Diaspora, spanning every medium from painting and photography to video, sculpture, and collage.

Concurrent with the exhibition in Flint, which is focused on the most recent of Elliot and Kimberly Perry’s holdings, the more modern portion of their collection will be on view in Detroit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in the show “Point of View: African American Masters from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection.” That exhibition runs January 20-April 20.

“This collection tackles so many different issues,” Perry said in a statement. “It shows the rich heritage of African American people in so many diverse ways.”

— Benjamin Sutton (@bhsutton)

(Photo via Kenturah Davis/Twitter.)