Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience.

September 10, 2021 – April 1, 2023

Black Love Matters: Untitled
Leading a march during Ferguson October in 2014, Lezley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother, is in the center holding hands with her husband, Louis Head.
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Zun Lee, © Zun Lee

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

4th Floor, Visual Art and the American Experience Floor Plan

Located in the museum’s Visual Art and the American Experience space, the exhibition explores the Black Lives Matter movement, violence against African Americans, and how art depicts Black resistance, resilience, and protest. Visual art has long provided its own protest, commentary, escape, and perspective for African Americans. The Black painters, sculptors, photographers, and textile artists featured exemplify the tradition of exhibiting resilience in times of conflict, as well as the ritual of creation, and the defiant pleasure of healing.