Throughout history, Latino and Black artists had to find innovative ways to challenge the white gaze, allowing them to show controversial messages, in the eyes of whites, within their text. Only in this way were these artists able to gain visibility in white spaces such as museums without jeopardizing the purpose of the art. One method was through the portrayal of the theme or technique of absence, which allowed minority artists to “show” the audience their work through what is missing in the piece. In this curatorial project, artworks that utilize this theme of absence were displayed to demonstrate that understanding art is not solely meant to be done through sight alone but also requires contemplation. The following exhibited artworks are “The Thankful Poor” (1894) by Henry Ossawa Tanner, “Untitled (Billboard of an Empty Bed)” (1991) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Cabinetmaking, 1820-1960” (April 2, 1992, to February 28, 1993) by Fred Wilson, and “East First Street #1, Erased Lynching Series I” (2004 – 2006) by Ken Gonzales-Day.