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.
Dalton Paula, Zeferina, 2018. Oil on canvas. Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand–MASP, Gift of the artist in the context of the Afro-Atlantic Histories exhibition, 2018, MASP.10808. © Dalton Paula
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.
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 exhibition will be on view from the 10th of April until the 17th of July 2022. For more information, please visit the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.