At the heart of the African American experience in the Northwest is the story of our Journey to this region, the establishment of our vibrant community and the ways in which we have survived. To tell this ever-unfolding story, the Museum’s exhibits and programs will feature the visual arts, music, crafts, literature and history of African Americans in the Northwest.
Bearing Witness from Another Place:
James Baldwin in Turkey
Photographs by Sedat Pakay
October 20, 2012 - September 29, 2013
This exhibition shares rarely seen photographs of
James Baldwin in Turkey taken by his friend Sedat
Pakay. Piercingly intimate and beautifully candid, these
images capture the vibrant world of acquaintances,
friends and collaborators Baldwin cultivated while
living intermittingly in Turkey from 1961-1971.
Curator: Brian J. Carter
The Journey Gallery
Photo by Jennifer Richard
What does it mean to be African American in the Pacific Northwest? It is a beautiful range of colors and hues; a diversity of experiences and locations; a variety of countries of origin, both known and unknown; an assortment of religions; a staggering array of occupations; a multitude of co-workers, neighbors, friends and families; an ever -evolving community that continues to shape and reshape the human experience.
The Journey Gallery takes visitors on a fascinating journey through space and time, introducing the history, culture, and art of the region’s African American Community. Using a mix of photos, artifacts and compelling narratives, the Journey Gallery invites you to explore this continually changing story, for it is yours, it is mine, it is ours.
Curated by Barbara Earl Thomas, Deputy Director/Curator. Special thanks to Formations, Inc., Exhibit Design/Fabrication; Jackie Lawson, Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Inc.; Marsha Rooney, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture; Pat Thomas, Black Historical Society of Kitsap County; Tim Detweiler, Executive Director of the James W. Washington, Jr. and Janie Rogella Washington Foundation.
NAAM is proud to provide a new venue for the installation to be seen and the collected narratives of our community to be heard.