For centuries, artists have told and retold the complex histories of the African Diaspora. Afro-Atlantic Histories (April 10 – July 17, 2022) takes an in-depth look at the historical experiences and cultural formations of Black and African people since the 17th century. More than 130 powerful works of art, including paintings, sculpture, photographs, and time-based media by artists from Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean, bring these narratives to life.
This exhibition was initially presented as Histórias Afro-Atlânticas in 2018 by the Museu de Arte de São Paulo and the Instituto Tomie Ohtake in Brazil. The National Gallery of Art version of the exhibition has been organized by Molly Donovan, Steven Nelson, and Kanitra Fletcher (associate curator of African American and Afro-diasporic art, National Gallery of Art).
Vice President Kamala Harris spoke at the gala preview of the exhibition on April 7, and the show has received extensive reviews and press coverage, including by The Washington Post and The New Yorker.
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