April 10 – July 17, 2022
West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 72–79
Hear the artists tell their stories.
Listen to artists, curators, and scholars discuss works from the exhibition and the enduring legacy of the African Diaspora.
Dalton Paula | Portraits for the Future
Daniel Lind-Ramos's Symbols of Power
Afro-Atlantic Histories: Two-Minute Tour
Afro-Atlantic Histories Exhibition Trailer
Afro-Atlantic Histories brings together a selection of more than 400 works and documents by more than 200 artists, from the 16th to the 21st century, that express and analyze the ebbs and flows between Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe.
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“Afro-Atlantic Histories” Belong to All Black Folk Everywhere
“Afro-Atlantic Histories,” plural, helps us collectively, deliberately remember the varied experiences of Black people across time and geography.
Take an in-depth look at the works of art, historical experiences, and cultural formations of Black and African people since the 17th century.
Afro-Atlantic Histories: Where Do I Start?
Learn more about art and artists that make up the Afro-Atlantic Histories exhibition.
This exhibition is co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museu de Arte de Sāo Paulo in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
The US tour is curated by Kanitra Fletcher, associate curator of African American and Afro-Diasporic art at the National Gallery of Art. At the Museu de Arte de São Paulo and at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, the exhibition was curated by Adriano Pedrosa, artistic director, MASP; Ayrson Heráclito, guest curator; Hélio Menezes, guest curator; Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, adjunct curator of histories, MASP; and Tomás Toledo, chief curator, MASP. 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.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, October 24, 2021–January 17, 2022
Los Angeles County Museum of Art , December 11, 2022–April 30, 2023
Dallas Museum of Art, October 22, 2023–February 11, 2024
Major support for this exhibition is provided by the Ford Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by the Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art and the Annenberg Fund for the International Exchange of Art.
Admission is always free and passes are not required