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Afro-Atlantic Histories

Upcoming Exhibition

April 10 – July 17, 2022
West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 72–79

For centuries, artists have told and retold the complex histories of the African Diaspora. Explore this enduring legacy in the exhibition Afro-Atlantic Histories, which 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 in Brazil.

Selected Works

This exhibition is co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museu de Arte de São Paulo in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

The US tour is curated by Kanitra Fletcher, associate curator of African American and Afro-Diasporic art at the National Gallery of Art. Adriano Pedrosa, artistic director; Ayrson Heráclito, curator; Hélio Menezes, curator; Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, adjunct curator of histories, and Tomás Toledo curated the exhibition at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo. At the National Gallery, the curatorial team also includes Molly Donovan, curator of contemporary art, and Steven Nelson, dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.

Other venues
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, October 24, 2021–January 17, 2022
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Additional venues to be announced

Major support for this exhibition is provided by the Ford Foundation.

Admission is always free and passes are not required

Banner detail: Aaron Douglas, Into Bondage, 1936, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (Museum purchase and partial gift from Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr., The Evans-Tibbs Collection), 2014.79.17. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York