NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE
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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opened its latest exhibition, “Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience.,” in its newly redesigned Visual Art and the American Experience gallery on Sept. 10, 2021. The Black Lives Matter movement, violence against African Americans and the role of art in depicting social protest movements are front and center in the exhibition. It prominently features a portrait of Breonna Taylor in a blue flowing gown, painted by renowned artist Amy Sherald, who painted the official portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama. The painting of Taylor, which first appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair’s September 2020 issue, is buttressed by 27 newly exhibited images and artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sheila Pree Bright, Bisa Butler, Shaun Leonardo, David Hammons and many more.
“Visual artists have long evoked questions of beauty and history, and the Black painters, sculptors, photographers, and textile artists featured in this show exemplify the tradition of resilience in times of conflict and the ritual and even defiant pleasures of creation,” said Kevin Young, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. “The show continues to tell the story of the centrality of the Black experience found in the entire Museum, while also connecting to our current moment, filled with the twin pandemics of Covid-19 and racism and an ongoing renaissance of Black art and artistry.”
10 Sep 2021 – Ongoing
AONIA SAYS - DIGITAL PROGRAMME
The Reckoning exhibition supports the Black Lives Matter movement and the injustices experienced by Black communities. The works on display depict Black protest, defiance and resilience in a manner that allows the visual arts to speak out for the many lives we have lost and the overdue need for change. The National Museum of African American History & Culture are hosting a series of online writing workshops alongside the exhibition; enhance your experience of this powerful display by participating in on of the online poetry workshops on offer, in which participants will be asked to reflect and take inspiration from the meaningful poetry included in the exhibit. Scroll below to learn more.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & CREDITS
Exhibition Organized by National Museum of African American History and Culture
Image & copy credit: © National Museum of African American History and Culture
Breonna Taylor, 2020, On loan from Amy Sherald, © Amy Sherald