Cavalcade of the American Negro
Curated by former AACC Graduate Assistant – Jacqueline Smith, MA graduate in Museum and Exhibition Studies.
A Traveling Exhibit
September 6 - December 15, 2017 / AACC Library
February 5 - June 30, 2015 / AACC Library
Did you know that the Chicago Coliseum was considered to be one of the greatest indoor facilities of the 19th century?! This Chicago landmark was considered to be a marvel for its time and a model for future arena construction. Stop by to learn more about this structure and how it relates to our exhibit. We invite you to take a look back in history, browse through some literature and even take a selfie with the artwork featured in “The American Negro Exhibition”.
“The American Negro Exhibition,” uses objects, images and historical narrative to explore the legacy of the Chicago’s 1940 American Negro Exposition. The 1940 Exposition, hosted by the historic Chicago Coliseum, marked 75 years of African-American freedom from slavery, and publicly presented the accomplishments of Black Americans to public audiences.
In the opening preview, curator Jacqueline Smith discusses the contributions of black artists’ such as sculptor Elizabeth Catlett and painter Charles Alston, and gives an overview of Cavalcade of the American Negro, an exhaustive history of Black accomplishments and achievements.