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Artworks by African Americans from the Collection

Artworks by African Americans from the Collection

September 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017

American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

Location: 1st through 3rd Floor Galleries

In celebration of the 2016 Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, SAAM will displays 184 of its most important artworks by African Americans, adding 48 objects to the 136 currently on view in the galleries throughout the museum’s building and Luce Foundation Center. From William H. Johnson’s vibrant portrayals of faith and family to Mickalene Thomas’s contemporary exploration of black female identity, SAAM’s holdings reflect its long-standing commitment to black artists and the acquisition, preservation, and display of their works.

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William H. Johnson, Man in a Vest, 1939-1940, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation