When the Spirit Moves: African American Dance in History and Art

December 14, 2000 – June 1, 2001

Arts and Industries Building
900 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20560

South and East Halls

More than 300 paintings, photographs, sculpture, and archival objects -- some dating to the early 1600s -- are used to trace African American dance from its roots in west and central Africa through the 20th century. On view are masks, robes, drums and musical instruments from Africa, along with works by such artists as Richmond Barthe, Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Archibald Motley, Sam Gilliam, and Howardena Pindell. Dancers featured include the Nicholas Brothers, Josephine Baker, Carmen de Lavallade, and Alvin Ailey.

Organized by the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, Ohio.

Sponsored by the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture.