EXHIBITS

AAM EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

2020-2021

Ongoing Exhibits

FACING THE RISING SUN: FREEDMAN’S CEMETERY: PERMANENT EXHIBITION

ONGOING

Facing The Rising Sun presents the remnants of a once-thriving North Dallas Community.  Facing the Rising Sun contains photographs, found objects, and historical documents that provide an insight into a community called Freedman’s Town and later known as short North Dallas and now known as Uptown.  Interactive video kiosks allow visitors to see and hear from the people who knew Freedman’s Town first-hand.

THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK: SELECTIONS FROM THE BILLY R. ALLEN FOLK ART COLLECTION AND THE DECORATIVE ARTS COLLECTION

ONGOING

The AAM, Dallas has one of the largest collections of African American folk art in the country.  The Billy R. Allen Folk Art Collection, named for a founding board member, has grown to include more than 500 objects.  Dr. Warren and Sylvia Lowe of Lafayette, Louisiana, Sally Griffiths and Dr. Bobby Alexander of Dallas, Texas have been major contributors.  Pieces from the collection are rotated, twice each year, in the Sam and Ruth Bussey Gallery.  Artists include Clementine Hunter, Mose Tolliver, Reverend Johnnie Swearingen, David Butler, Sister Gertrude Morgan, and Isaac Smith to name a few.

The Decorative Arts Collection consists of objects as early as the late 18th century.  Some items are an 1824 coverlet; five pieces crafted between 1840-1850 by the legendary North Carolina furniture maker, Thomas Day (1820-1860); an 1888 crazy quilt; an 1830 slave made desk from San Augustine, Texas; and ceramics by Carroll Harris Simms, Co-founder of the Texas Southern University Art Department and Sandy Besser African Basket Collection.  Also included is a silver teaspoon made by Peter Bentzon (1783-1850).

Current Exhibit

MEN OF CHANGE: POWER. TRIUMPH.TRUTH.

June 26 – September 12, 2021

Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. presents for new generations the stories of significant African American men, the known and unknown leaders who stand as national icons.  The Smithsonian traveling exhibition uses bold, contemporary visual art, fresh literary excerpts, and vibrant stories to highlight these revolutionary individuals.  Men of change weaves the historic and contemporary together to illuminate their impact and significance, within the context of rich community traditions.  

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