Afro-Atlantic Histories charts the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies in the African diaspora. Through a series of dialogues across time, the exhibition features artworks produced in Africa, Europe, and the Americas in the last four centuries to reexamine—from a global perspective—histories and stories of enslavement, resilience, and the struggle for liberation.
The exhibition is organized around six groupings: Maps and Margins, Enslavements and Emancipations, Everyday Lives, Rites and Rhythms, Portraits, and Resistances and Activism. Each section considers the critical impact of the African diaspora reflected in historic and contemporary artworks.
Histórias Afro-Atlânticas originated at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP) and the Instituto Tomie Ohtake in Brazil, in 2018. Touring venues in the U.S. include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the National Gallery of Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art. This is the only presentation on the West Coast.
This exhibition is co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Museu de Arte de Sāo Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Generous support provided by Wemimo Abbey and Taylor Abbey, Ina Coleman, Chelsea Crowder-Luke and Emerson Luke, Brickson E. Diamond, George C. Fatheree III and Azita Karimkhany Fatheree, Lisa and Andrew Gilford, Joanne and Malcolm Johnson, Deon T. Jones and Cameron J. Ross, Demetrio Kerrison and Gianna Drake-Kerrison, Jill Lawrence and Paul Koplin, V. Joy Simmons, MD, Graham Steele and Ulysses de Santi, and Stephanie and Leon Vahn.
All exhibitions at LACMA are underwritten by the LACMA Exhibition Fund. Major annual support is provided by Meredith and David Kaplan, with generous annual funding from Louise and Brad Edgerton, Edgerton Foundation, Emily and Teddy Greenspan, Mary and Daniel James, Justin Lubliner, Jennifer and Mark McCormick, Kelsey Lee Offield, Koni and Geoff Rich, Jen Rubio and Stewart Butterfield, Lenore and Richard Wayne, and Marietta Wu and Thomas Yamamoto.