Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures

March 24, 2023 – August 18, 2024
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The Infinite Possibilities section of the Afrofuturism exhibition features the costume for Black Panther worn by Chadwick Boseman (Gift of Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company, © Marvel).

National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Concourse Level, Bank of America Special Exhibitions Gallery

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Investigating Afrofuturist expression through art, music, activism and more, this exhibition explores and reveals Afrofuturism’s historic and poignant engagement with African American history and popular culture. From the enslaved looking to the cosmos for freedom to popular sci-fi stories inspiring Black astronauts, to the musical influence of Sun Ra, OutKast, Janelle Monae, P-Funk and more, this exhibition covers the broad and impactful spectrum of Afrofuturism.

A highlight of the exhibition is the Black Panther hero costume worn by the late Chadwick Boseman. The Black Panther is the first superhero of African descent to appear in mainstream American comics, and the film itself is the first major cinematic production based on the character.

The exhibition also utilizes select objects to elevate stories that speak to Black liberation and social equality, such as Trayvon Martin’s flight suit from Experience Aviation, and his childhood dream of being an astronaut.

Companion book: Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Kevin Strait, and Kinshasha Holman Conwill