Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents "Afro-Atlantic Histories"

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents "Afro-Atlantic Histories"
John Biggers, The Stream Crosses the Path, 1961, oil and tempera on panel, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Mandell Image courtesy of John T. Biggers Estate

The MFAH presents the U.S. tour of "Afro-Atlantic Histories," an unprecedented exhibition that explores the history and legacy of the transatlantic slave trade. The exhibition comprises more than 130 works of art and documents made in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe across 500 years, from the 17th century to the 21st century.

"Afro-Atlantic Histories" dynamically juxtaposes works by artists from 24 countries, representing evolving perspectives across time and geography through major paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs, time-based media art, and ephemera. The range extends from historical paintings by Jean-Baptiste Debret, Frans Post, and Dirk Valkenburg to contemporary art by Melvin Edwards, Ibrahim Mahama, and Kara Walker.

The exhibition premiered at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo in Brazil, and the U.S. tour builds on the presentation through the overarching theme of histórias - a Portuguese term that can encompass both fictional and non-fictional narratives of cultural, economic, personal, or political character. The term is plural, diverse, and inclusive, offering viewpoints that have been marginalized or forgotten. Afro-Atlantic Histories unfolds through six thematic sections that explore the varied histories of the diaspora.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


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