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DC | Exhibition Tour – ‘Afro-Atlantic Histories’ at the National Gallery of Art, with curators Kanitra Fletcher and Molly Donovan

April 26 @ 10:00 am

Artwork by Zanele Muholi

Please join us for a tour of Afro-Atlantic Histories at the National Gallery of Art, led by curators Kanitra Fletcher and Molly Donovan.

For centuries, artists have told and retold the complex histories of the African Diaspora. The exhibition Afro-Atlantic Histories explores this enduring legacy through a wide range of works of art inspired by the historical experiences and cultural formations of Black and African people since the 17th century. More than 130 powerful works, including paintings, sculpture, photographs, and time-based media by artists from Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean, bring these narratives to life. This exhibition was initially presented as Histórias Afro-Atlânticas in 2018 by the Museu de Arte de São Paulo in Brazil.

For additional information about the exhibition and related programming, visit the National Gallery of Art website.

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The National Gallery of Art campus is located between 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565.
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Thank you to the Shelley Langdale, ArtTable DC Member, for organizing this program.

Image: Zanele Muholi, Ntozahke II, (Parktown), 2016, photographic wall mural from digital files, sheet: 355.6 x 254 cm (140 x 100 in.), National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund, 2021.88.1, © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of the artist, Yancey Richardson, New York, and Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg


About the Curators

Headshot of Kanitra FletcherKanitra Fletcher is the Associate Curator of African American and Afro-Diasporic Art, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Art. Fletcher is responsible for guiding the museum’s collection of African American art. Prior to joining the National Gallery, Fletcher worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she oversaw the presentation of such major traveling exhibitions as Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power and Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, and began the co-organization of the U.S. iteration of Afro-Atlantic Histories, an exhibition that was first conceived and presented by the Museum de Arte São Paulo in Brazil. The exhibition was displayed at the MFA, Houston in fall 2021/winter 2022 and is now open at the National Gallery. Fletcher has published essays in books and journals and presented research at international conferences on Afro-diasporic art as it relates to politics of the body, gender, and labor as well as aesthetics and the avant-garde. Institutions where she previously worked include the Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Museum of Modern Art, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Since 2013, she has curated an ongoing video art series for Landmarks public art program at the University of Texas at Austin. Fletcher received a B.A. in English Literature from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, an M.A. in Latin American Studies with concentrations in Art History and Brazilian Studies from University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in History of Art from Cornell University.

Headshot of Molly Donovan

Molly Donovan is curator of contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, where she has worked since 1993. Together with NGA colleagues Kanitra Fletcher and Steven Nelson, Molly has co-curated Afro-Atlantic Histories which opened on April 10, 2022, at the National Gallery following its debut at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and an earlier iteration in São Paulo, Brazil. Donovan’s notable recent projects include the monographic exhibition of work by Lynda Benglis, drawn from the National Gallery’s collections which just closed in January, and the major show featuring British sculptor Rachel Whiteread, on which she collaborated with Tate Britain, where it opened in London in 2017 before traveling to Vienna, Austria, Washington, DC, and ultimately to the Saint Louis Art Museum in 2019. Additional exhibitions that Donovan organized include In the Tower: Barbara Kruger (2016 – 2017); Warhol: Headlines, which opened in Washington in 2011 before it travelled to Frankfurt, Rome, and Pittsburgh; and Christo and Jeanne Claude’s in the Vogel Collection in Washington and La Jolla in 2002. In 2016, Donovan inaugurated thematic installations for the contemporary collection of the National Gallery, including “Bodies of Work,” “Flow,” and “Markers and Signs.”  Her acquisitions for the National Gallery of Art have reshaped its collection to include more works by living artists, particularly women and people of color. Molly has written and lectured on numerous artists (in addition to the aforementioned)—including Janine Antoni, Byron Kim, Kimsooja, Glenn Ligon, Richard Tuttle, and Ursula von Rydingsvard—and on the subject of art in public space. She holds a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in 20th century art from the Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams College, and a BA in English from Georgetown University.

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