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.
Up Next in the Northwest Gallery
The Harmon & Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper
November 21, 2015 – April 17, 2016
Organized and toured by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
The sixty-eight works in this exhibition date from the late 1910 to 2002 and represent just a fraction of what is contained in one of the country’s major collections of African American art. Included are drawings, etchings, lithographs, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, gouaches, linoleum and color screen prints by such noted artists as Ron Adams, Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, John Biggers, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Eldizer Cortor, Margaret Burroughs, and many other outstanding lesser known artists.
The Atomic Frontier: Black Life in Hanford, WA
October 31, 2015 – March 6, 2016
While many people know of the scientific research and discovery of nuclear weapons under the government code name of the Manhattan Project, few know how the contributions of African Americans helped realize this vision right here in Washington State. The Atomic Frontier: Black Life at Hanford uncovers what it was like to work in secrecy on an undisclosed “war project” in the early 1940s, an experience complicated by discrimination, segregation, and the unfamiliar geographic landscape of eastern Washington.
Norman B. and Constance Rice Legacy Hall Foyer
Torchbearers: Portraits of African American Leaders in Seattle and King County by Robert Wade
Now on View
Robert Wade is a Seattle-based fine art and commercial photographer. His fine art photographic themes include street scenes, figure studies, man-made objects in the environment, water, and both formal and candid portraiture. For this special display at NAAM he has captured a sampling of dynamic community leaders including Norman B. and Dr. Constance Rice, Adriane Brown, Larry Gossett, Marcellus Turner, Barbara Thomas, Claude Harris, Gregory Dean , Dr. Quintard Taylor and Mariane Lenhardt.
This exhibition is made possible with a grant from 4 Culture and is now on view.