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From "Survivors of Colonization" to "Kings and Queens of the Diaspora"

It's an all-star lineup of artists, from Faith Ringgold and Howardena Pindell to  Emma Amos, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Willie Cole, Joyce Scott... 59 in total! These are among the best of the best of contemporary artists, who just happen to be Black. And who happen to be in MAM's collection.

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Installation view of "Century: 100 Years of Black Art at MAM," photo credit: Peter Jacobs
‘Century’ at MAM: Captivating Showcase of Black Art

“Century: 100 Years of Black Art at MAM” drew an impressive crowd of nearly 400 guests at its opening, a testament to the interest and anticipation surrounding the exhibition... Co-curators Adrienne L. Childs and nico w. okoro thoughtfully chose a rich cross-section of works from MAM’s collection, with a goal of selecting works that claim unapologetically Black space.

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Romare Bearden (1911–1988).  Late Afternoon, 1971. Collage and mixed media on board, 14 1/2 x 18 3/4 in. Museum purchase; funds provided by The William Lightfoot Schultz Foundation, 1979.6
Black Art History: 10 U.S. Museums are Exploring African American Art

MAM has been acquiring works by Black Artists since the 1940s. This landmark exhibition reflects the Museum's progress, showcasing 70 collection works produced by 59 artists, major historic figures and key contemporary talents working in a range of mediums, over the past century

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