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.
Pitch Black: African American Baseball in Washington
February 1, 2014 — November 9, 2014
The Northwest African American Museum is honored to present Pitch Black: African American Baseball in Washington, an original exhibition that illuminates the personal narratives of blacks in our communities who enjoyed the dynamic sport of baseball in our State.
Baseball in Washington’s black communities has a strong but quiet history. Most people know the segregated history of our national pastime, but few know how the story played out on the baseball fields in Seattle and throughout Washington. Left without a professional Negro League team until 1946, much of our State’s black baseball history was amateur and resultantly undocumented. The exhibition will introduce vignettes of our black baseball history with compelling artifacts, photographs, and oral histories collected from across the state. Pitch Black will explore the questions: Who played baseball and where? How did segregation and integration happen on our local baseball fields? When did we get a Negro League team? And What does black baseball look like today?
This exhibition was curated by Chieko T. Phillips, Exhibitions Manager at NAAM in consultation with a community advisory committee comprised of Bill North, Joe Staton… . Additional curatorial assistance was elicited from Hal Kramer, Jordan Leonard, Barbara Johns, Vicki Halper, and Becky Alexander and Julie Nathon Sayigh of EDX Design.
Up Next in the Paccar Gallery
Onyx Fine Arts Collective: A Decade of Art
September 19, 2014 – January 11, 2015
Onyx Fine Arts Collective: A Decade of Art features prize-winning artists from exhibitions that have been presented annually by Onyx over the last ten years. A Decade of Art will include artwork in diverse styles and media from established artists to promising new-comers in the local arts community. The mission of Onyx Fine Arts Collective is to give greater visibility and opportunities to artists of African descent. Imbued with the properties of the black gem stone that represents positive energy, guards against negativity, fortifies self-confidence and sharpens the senses, Onyx inspires artists to develop and grow creatively and professionally.