Everyday Beauty: Selections from the Photography and Film Collection

Woman and the Flag July 4 March through Chapel Hill, July 4, 1964, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of James H Wallace Jr., © Jim Wallace

National Museum of African American History and Culture
15th St. and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

2nd Floor, Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA)

Everyday Beauty uses the lenses of history, culture, and community to reflect themes of self-representation, social responsibility, and resilience. African Americans have long recognized the power of images and used them to document moments—from the monumental to everyday. Photography and film has also been used to challenge negative perceptions, demonstrate the strength of the human spirit, and promote social reform. This exhibition examines African American history and culture by presenting 100 images spanning 100 years. These selected works highlight the beauty of everyday occasions and feature photography and films by known and lesser-known artists.