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July 11, 2005 – October 16, 2005
Museum: Anacostia Community Museum
Location: Main Gallery
Featuring nearly 70 photographs and nearly 30 pieces of original art, this exhibition spotlights historic and contemporary murals created by African Americans around the country and other artists who have or are producing pieces for public display in African American communities. Beginning with early 20th-century works by such masters as John Biggers, Charles White, Hale Woodruff, and Aaron Douglas, the show traces the evolution of influences and themes--including the Harlem Renaissance, the social activism of the 1960s, and contemporary Hip Hop culture. Among the highlights are the landmark collaborative mural Wall of Respect, created in 1967 on Chicago's south side. This exhibition shows how mural projects have helped to develop a populist narrative, heal and unify communities, and build multicultural understanding.