National Gallery of Art presents »Afro-Atlantic Histories«

The Complex History of the African Diaspora

The Afro-Atlantic Histories exhibition at the National Gallery of Art explores the historical experiences and cultural currents of Black and African people. More than 130 striking artworks are designed to bring to life the many narratives surrounding the African diaspora.

April 10, 2022

For centuries, artists have continued to retell the complex history of the African diaspora. The Afro-Atlantic Histories exhibition at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.) explores this very legacy. It takes an in-depth look at the historical experiences and cultural currents of Black and African people since the 17th century. On display are more than 130 impressive works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and time-based media by artists from Africa, Europe, and the Americas. All of these works are intended to bring to life the many narratives surrounding the African Diaspora. Afro-Atlantic Histories will be on view on the Main Floor of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art from April 10 through July 17, 2022.

The exhibition was first presented in 2018 under the title Histórias Afro-Atlânticas by the Museu de Arte de São Paulo in Brazil. The same museum is now co-organizing the current version with the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston) and the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.). In addition to the Washington, D.C., location, the exhibition will also be presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from Dec. 11, 2022, to April 30, 2023. Furthermore, it will be shown at the Dallas Museum of Art as well, the exact exhibition date for which is yet to be announced.Art.Salon

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