Through ongoing collaboration with the communities it serves, NAAM creates exhibitions that are relevant, inclusive, engaging, and entertaining. Our exhibitions explore the connections between our region and the history, art, and culture of people of African descent.
Daniel Minter: Carvings
April 8, 2017 – December 17, 2017
Daniel Minter: Carvings reveals the tactile method employed to resurface histories and folklore of the Black Diaspora. Painter, sculptor and illustrator Daniel Minter uses cultural iconography to represent the rich and complex heritage of the Black American South, which he connects to broader rituals and traditions present within the African Diaspora.
The exhibition hosts a collection of painted woodcarvings and linoleum block prints from numerous children’s books illustrated by Minter. It explores Minter’s process, which begins with meticulously carving images into wooden blocks and concludes with colorful reproductions of the image. Daniel Minter:Carvings illuminates the importance and necessity of uncovering cultural icons and symbols from the African Diaspora to build an archive we can access for generations to come.
You’re Not From Around Here, Are You?
November 5, 2017 – April 8, 2018
The works presented in You’re Not From Around Here, Are You? examine the complex, multifaceted experiences of Black people in the Pacific Northwest. In a genre-crossing collection of collages, altered books and sculptures, the exhibit explores place and space as a marker of Black identity. The pieces on display also grapple with the hyper-visibility of Black bodies, and the notion of racial authenticity in overwhelmingly white spaces. Artist Lisa Myers Bulmash asks audiences to consider the ways in which African-American racial identities are both influenced by and bound to the Northwest.