Celebrating Black History Month

Dr. Ruth Mae McCrane (1929-2002), Preservation Hall: Street Scene, 1992; Paint on canvas board, 18 x 24 inches; Courtesy of Private Collection.

Although the month of February is federally recognized as Black History Month, ExhibitsUSA invites you to reflect on and celebrate the diasporic culture, achievements, and legacy of Black Americans throughout the year!

We are honored to offer exhibitions that tell the histories of Black-led change in America such as I AM A MAN: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1960–1970 and Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad.

Likewise, we celebrate the diverse innovations that Black Americans have made in the field of music. In Tuned to the Spirit: Photographs from the Sacred Steel Community, folklorist, photographer, and media producer Robert Stone highlights musicians and congregations in Florida that utilize the steel guitar as a primary instrument of praise. Shutter and Sound: The Jazz Photography of Bob Willoughby includes photographs of Black jazz giants such as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington.

We recognize the power of Black storytelling in Called to Create, a folk art exhibition featuring work by twenty-five self-taught Southern Black artists who tell visionary stories of memory and spirituality through the use of found objects and ordinary materials.

Happy Black History Month, from our community to yours!