In the Presence of Our Ancestors: Southern Perspectives in African American Art

December 12, 2020 - November 28, 2021

This show brings together methods of visual storytelling and ancestral memory through the individual practices of artists from the “Black Belt” region of the American South—a term that refers to the region’s black soil, as well as the legacies of African Americans who shaped its social and agrarian culture.

Now On View

In the Presence of Our Ancestors: Southern Perspectives in African American Art

December 12, 2020 - November 28, 2021

This show brings together methods of visual storytelling and ancestral memory through the individual practices of artists from the “Black Belt” region of the American South—a term that refers to the region’s black soil, as well as the legacies of African Americans who shaped its social and agrarian culture.

Featured Exhibitions

Thornton Dial, American, 1928-2016. Royal Flag, 1997-1998, American flag, toy doll, toy bull, string, fabric, industrial sealing compound, oil, enamel, spray paint on canvas mounted on wood. The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund and Gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection 2019.16.8