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Afro-Atlantic Histories / Exploring Identity and Healing Through Art / LACMA



Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Afro-Atlantic Histories

Dec 11, 2022–Sep 10, 2023

Exploring Identity and Healing Through Art

Tuesday, August 29, 2023


Featuring: Dr. Louvenia Jackson, Diana Lynn Wallace, Bernard Brown, Jonathan Bryant, Megashia Jackson, and Malcolm Stewart

Organized by the Arts & Healing Initiative



Afro-Atlantic Histories charts the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies in the African diaspora. Through a series of dialogues across time, the exhibition features artworks produced in Africa, Europe, and the Americas in the last four centuries to reexamine—from a global perspective—histories and stories of enslavement, resilience, and the struggle for liberation.


The exhibition is organized around six groupings: Maps and Margins, Enslavements and Emancipations, Everyday Lives, Rites and Rhythms, Portraits, and Resistances and Activism. Each section considers the critical impact of the African diaspora reflected in historic and contemporary artworks.


Histórias Afro-Atlânticas originated at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP) and the Instituto Tomie Ohtake in Brazil, in 2018. Touring venues in the U.S. include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the National Gallery of Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art. This is the only presentation on the West Coast.


This documentation took place during a special event presented in conjunction with the exhibition. Art therapist Dr. Louvenia Jackson leads participants on a creative journey exploring connections between art, identity, and healing.


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