February 1-May 1
If These Dolls Could Talk:
150 Years of Black Dolls
exhibit showcases a stunning collection of 19th and 20th century black
dolls from the Museum of African American History and the Philadelphia Doll
Museum. The unique combination of dolls includes imported and commercially
manufactured dolls, tenderly hand-crafted American folk dolls made from
scraps of cloth and household materials, soft sculptured dolls, plastic
dolls, porcelain dolls, Kewpies dolls, and one-of-a-kind creations. The
largest piece in the exhibit is the life-size soft sculpture "Many
Voices," a creative representation of a 19th-century African American
woman by artist Barbara Ward-Armstrong.
June 6-October 23, 2004
Portraits in Black: Gaining Ground,
The Museum of African American History and Bachrach Photographers present
a groundbreaking new exhibit: Portraits in Black: Gaining Ground, Holding
Office. Come see new portraits by Bachrach, America's leading portrait
studio known for "130 years of famous faces" including every U.S.
President beginning with Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg
The exhibit pays tribute to living elected black officials of New England
and includes portraits of Edward Brooke, the first African American
US Senator elected post reconstruction; Kenneth Reeves, the first
elected African American Mayor in Massachusetts (Cambridge, MA) and
current City Councilor; Bill Owens, the first African American State
Senator in Massachusetts; Carrie Saxon Perry, the first African American
woman elected mayor of a major city (Hartford, Conn.) and many more.
The exhibition will be on display at the Museum from June 6 to October 23.
Throughout the week of July 26, the Museum will present daily gallery
talks at 11 a.m. presented by a number of the legislators and officers
whose portraits will be on exhibit. Speakers will discuss their
experiences, including what it takes to get elected in New England today.
Confirmed legislators include:
- The first African American US Senator elected post
reconstruction, Sen. Edward Brooke of Massachusetts
- Former Mayor of Cambridge and current City Councilor
- The first African American woman elected mayor of a major city
Carrie Saxon Perry (Hartford, Conn.)
- First African American Massachusetts State Sen.
- Massachusetts State Sen. Diane Wilkerson
- Massachusetts State Rep. Shirley Owens-Hicks
- Massachusetts State Rep. Marie St. Fleur
- Massachusetts State Rep. Gloria Fox
- Massachusetts State Rep. Byron Rushing
- Massachusetts State Rep. Benjamin Swan
- Former Massachusetts State Rep. and current Chief of. Housing
and Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development for the City of
Boston, Charlotte Golar Richie
- Former Massachusetts State Rep.Rev.
Dr. Michael Haynes
- Former Massachusetts State Rep.
- Former Massachusetts State Rep.
Royall Bolling, Jr.
- Former Massachusetts State Rep. Doris Bunte.
- Connecticut State Treasurer Denise Nappier
- Former Connecticut State Sen.
- Former Connecticut State Treasurer
- Rhode Island State Rep. Gordon Fox
- New Hampshire State Rep. Claire D. Clarke
- New Hampshire State Rep. Rogers J. Johnson
- New Hampshire State Rep. Carlos E. Gonzalez
November 1-December 31
The Artwork of James Ransome
The extraordinary paintings by
James E. Ransome in this traveling exhibit portray important moments in the history of black life and culture in the America.
These works represent a decade in Ransome’s remarkable career as artist-illustrator and form a masterful body of visual stories in a unique union of imagination and style. The works reveal his interpretation of major children’s authors by featuring ordinary people within their everyday landscape—from slavery through the Jim Crow era. James Ransome has exhibited works in group and solo art shows across the country and has twice received the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration.
Joyce Bickerstaff, Ph.D.,Associate Professor of Education and Africana Studies at Vassar College noted in 2003 that:
“Ransome’s ‘visual stories’ capture the soul, the deep spiritual and emotional roots of black culture and heritage in the American South. His painting make it easy to feel, to imagine, and to be embraced by an earlier, albeit, imperfect, America: slavery and the plantation in “Running to Freedom;” the sharecropper’s farm in “Clara and John;” a baseball mound of the Negro National League in “Satchel;” or the shouts of the street vendor pulsating through the New Orleans French Quarter in “Banana Man II.”
Whether Ransome’s subject is a segregated hospital of the 1930s (“Colored Waiting Room”) or a Texas fishing village (“Bimmi Eating Breakfast”), his art-narratives offer reassuring truths about the power of love in home and family, with kin and community. The dignity of labor in "Chopping Wood” and the affirmation of black manhood and womanhood in “Mother and Father” bring visual power to these stories of a courageous and resilient people.”
Nov. 10, 2003 - May 1
Selections from the Collection
What's In Your Attic?
Does your attic hold historic treasures? As one local woman discovered,
preserving a family legacy can be the beginning of a fascinating journey.
Come see the newest addition to the Museum's permanent collection, the
Sullivan Family Collection. Four generations of photographs, letters and
artifacts boast numerous stories waiting to be told.
Did the ornate conductor’s baton belong to the founder of the Boston
Victorian Orchestra? Who was the actress that went to Russia? How did
Theodore earn that Purple Heart in WWI? Were the Nova Scotia ancestors
Black Loyalists during the Revolutionary War?
Join us as we open the attic and embark on a quest for answers.