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African American Arts:

Hymns, Hers & Hip Hop

art I music I poetry I dance

This Thursday, 10/17, 5-8:30pm (Free)

Sponsored by U.S. Bank

Swear – Cover Art

Join us for a special community night designed by Albuquerque

poet laureate Hakim Bellamy.

Bellamy, will bring the Renaissance to the evening with language, narrative and song to give context and color to the exhibit and the performances all evening.

Copies of Hakim Bellamy’s Swear will be sold in our Gallery Store during this event.

African American Art in the 20th Century* presents 103 paintings, sculptures, and photographs by 43 African American artists from the premier collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, more than half of which are being shown for the first time.

Image above: by Loïs Mailou Jones, Moon Masque, 1971, oil and collage, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of the artist


Much like the 43 Black artists presenting in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s traveling exhibit, six Black artists from Albuquerque will embrace many universal themes and also evoke specific aspects of the African American experience.

With an eye on the past and an eye on the future, a cohort of young African American poets, musicians, DJs, singers, rappers and b-boys will perform their interpretation of history as it manifests itself in their performance art today.

Be a part of an artist-led mural inside the Museum!