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.
On view now in the Legacy Gallery
Posing Beauty in African American Culture
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April 30–September 4, 2016
Posing Beauty in African American Culture is curated by Deborah Willis and organized by Curatorial Assistance, Pasadena, California.
You’re posing for the camera. How do you want to be seen? Distinguished. Thoughtful. Stylish. Outrageous. Celebratory. Proud.
In Posing Beauty, a century of photographs by a wide range of image-makers—photojournalists, artists, men, and women—explore beauty and highlight how we see ourselves and are seen by others.
Among the many distinguished photographers represented in this group exhibition are Anthony Barboza, Sheila Pree Bright, Leonard Freed, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Russell Lee, Jamel Shabazz, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and Ernest C. Withers.
Artist Studio: Drawing Attention Outside the Lines
2016 Dr. Carver Gayton Youth Curator Program Exhibit
From inside the Artist Studio, NAAM Youth Curators present Drawing Attention Outside the Lines. The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper, a representation of legendary artists that span span three centuries recently on view at NAAM, inspires this exhibition. Over twelve sessions, Youth Curators received instruction to develop their artistic skill and through the process formed a deeper regard for African American artists. As Youth Curators challenged their creativity, they experienced the limitless potential for experimenting outside of self-imposed boundaries to express art through their own lens.
Finding value in art, being comfortable with creating it and interpreting it, is as much personal as it is public. Art appreciation is in the eye of the beholder; there are no mistakes. Experience the art and gain insight into the perspectives of students from this immersive art-making program.
2016 Youth Curator Program is supported by KeyBank Foundation.
100% Kanekalon: The Untold Story of the Marginalized Matriarch
June 4, 2016 – October 16, 2016
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Through image and color, artist Tariqa Waters tells the story of a matriarch that exists in the margins, free of any privileged agenda, where satire exterminates appropriation. The matriarch’s story remains in the margins because it shouldn’t be understood by everyone. It can only be understood by those who need to understand.
Originating from an inherent need to protect and identify family and self in a world where no protection is offered and no sense of identity is available–her strength, character, and wisdom exist independent of judgment or a perceptible state of “normal” where everything from style to sexuality remains liquid and can be expressed equally as sacred or superficial.