EXHIBITS

AAM EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

2021-2022

Current Exhibits

Sepia: Past. Pride. Power.

September 22, 2021 to February 15, 2022

An exhibition of African American politicians, community leaders, and entertainers from the Sepia Magazine Collection of the African American Museum.

Ruth Mae McCrane: Scenes from the Lost Book of the Bible and Other Religious Subjects (1929-2002)

September 22, 2021 to November 27, 2021

An exhibition of the religious paintings of artist Ruth Mae McCrane of Houston Texas.

The History of the Prairie View Interscholastic League: Black High School Sports in Texas in the Era of Segregation

September 22, 2021 to February 15, 2022

An exhibition of the players, teams and the impact and dominance of black high school sports in Texas when racial segregation forced African Americans to create their own interscholastic sports league.

Politics, Protest and Black Progress in Dallas in the 1980s: The Photographs of George Fuller

December 1, 2021 to February 15, 2022

An exhibition of the photographs by Dallas photographer George Fuller that capture the fight for 14-1, the protests against police brutality, and progressive black politics in Dallas in the 1980s.

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  Facing the Rising Sun contains photographs, found objects, and historical documents that provide an insight into a community called Freedman’s Town and later known as short North Dallas and now known as Uptown.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).

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