10 Museums to Learn About Black Culture, Art, and Design in the US

爱博体育下载These institutions are incredible resources to learn how Black artists have told their own stories.

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爱博体育下载Black history has shaped American culture for four hundred years, but in many ways it has been erased or told from a white perspective. Art and design have been prolifically used as formats for Black artists to tell their own stories whether they are stories of joy, success, anguish, or oppression. Here are 10 ways to observe, learn about, and support Black art and culture.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture
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爱博体育下载From its striking exterior to its permanent collection, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, designed by British-born architect David Adjaye, takes you on a visual journey through Black history.

Louis Armstrong House Museum

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Louis Armstrong lived like the icon he is. The Queens, NY home he shared with his wife his Lucille is a true interior design gem. As a New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, visitors can see concerts and educational programs and view an archive of memorabilia, writings, and recordings.

Jack Shainman Gallery

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爱博体育下载Jack Shainman Gallery celebrates and promotes works of art by emerging and established multicultural artists. It has featured prominent Black artists including Nick Cave, Gordon Parks, Kerry James Marshall, Hank Willis Thomas, and Barkley Hendricks.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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爱博体育下载Located in Harlem, NY, the Schomburg Center is a branch of the New York Public Library that "advances knowledge of the global black experience through dynamic programs and exhibitions."

The Museum of African Diaspora

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爱博体育下载The Museum of African Diaspora is located in San Francisco and explores how Black contemporary art has been influenced by the African diaspora.

The Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture

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Located in Charlotte, NC and named for the city's first Black mayor, the Harvey B. Gantt Center hosts programming and exhibitions that highlight the African American experience and culture.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

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Detroit's Wright Museum was founded by African American physician Dr. Charles H. Wright, and is committed to celebrating African American culture through music, exhibitions, and educational programming.

August Wilson African American Cultural Center

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爱博体育下载The August Wilson Culture Center is located in Pittsburgh, the legendary playwright's hometown. It honors his legacy while simultaneously celebrating African Americans in the arts, music, sports, and business worlds.

Studio Museum in Harlem

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爱博体育下载The Studio Museum's extensive permanent collection and traveling exhibitions highlight artists from the African diaspora. It was founded in 1968 to research and preserve art, and also serves as a host to community events and an artists-in-residence program.

The California African American Museum

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The CAAM is located in South Los Angeles and highlights the works of African American artists that have contributed to the West Coast cultural landscape.

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