Afro-Atlantic Histories


See the show that the New Yorker called “visionary” in the final destination of its U.S. tour. The DMA is proud to present Afro-Atlantic Histories, an ambitious exhibition that charts the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies in the African Diaspora. 

Composed of around 100 works of art and documents produced in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe from the 17th century to today, this exhibition engages visitors in a series of dialogues that reexamine histories and stories of enslavement, resilience, and the struggle for liberation from a global perspective. 

Visit our microsite to learn more about this exhibition.Afro-Atlantic Histories is co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museu de Arte de São Paulo in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

At the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, the exhibition was curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Artistic Director; Ayrson Heráclito, Curator; Hélio Menezes, Curator; Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, Adjunct-curator of Histories; and Tomás Toledo. The coordinating curators at the Dallas Museum of Art are Katherine Brodbeck, Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, and Ade Omotosho, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art.

This exhibition is presented by Bank of America. Free General Admission to the Dallas Museum of Art is made possible with generous support from the Robert Gerard Pollock Foundation. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.

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