5 Exhibits Not to Miss While Visiting Washington D.C. for The National Museum of African American History and Culture Opening Weekend



Celebration: Snapshots of African American Communities

American History Museum - 14th & Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC

A special display of 25 photographs that reflect the diversity of the African American experience curated from the Scurlock Studio Collection and the Fournet Drug Store collection. 

Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten

American Art Museum - 8th and F Street, NW, Washington, DC

Thirty-nine first time exhibited photographs from the museum's permanent collection to include James Baldwin, Bessie Smith, Langston Hughes and more. 

In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard

Portrait Gallery - 8th and F Street NW, Washington DC

This exhibition features photographer Herman Leonard's iconic images of jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monkl and Sarah Vaughan. 

Currents: Water in African Art

African Art Museum - 950 Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC

Diverse and wide-ranging in material, time period, style, and intended use, the objects in Currents span the continent of Africa to explore the importance of water for both practical and artistic purposes. 

Senses of Time: Video-and Film-based Works of Africa

African Art Museum - 950 Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC

This exhibition features six internationally African artists looking at how time is experienced and produced by the body.  It includes works by Sammy Baloji, Theo Eshetu, Moataz Nasr, Berni Searle, Yinka Shonibare MBE, and Sue Williamson. 

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