Amistad Center for Art & Culture New Art Exhibition

(WTNH) – The Amistad Center for Art & Culture will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth; and new collection, This is My Story, This is My Song: Writers, Musicians, and the Black Freedom Struggle.


The Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s Current Exhibition, “This is My Story, This is My Song: Writers, Musicians, and the Black Freedom Struggle” is on display until December 2015.

Featured Artwork:
John Motley Study recognizes his service as board chair at Amistad and the Wadsworth. He is a committed collector and has donated a number of great pieces to the Amistad Center. One is the May Howard Jackson bust of a young man from the early 20th century

John has also given us the work of important Black photographers from the late 19th and early 20th century. Currently on view in the Motley Study there are James van der Zee images of life in 1920s Harlem and some Addison Scurlock photographs of Black church groups and political clubs in Washington DC

The model of Meta Vaux Warrick’s Ethiopia Awakening is a recent gift from one of Warrick’s relatives. The original is in the Schomburg Center. The mummified figure is unwrapping herself and many saw it is a reference to Black America in the early years of the 20th century.

This is My Story, This is My Song is a celebration of the Black literary tradition which is also a tradition of activism. Literacy was a crime for enslaved Blacks but people like Frederick Douglass escaped slavery and invented themselves as author/activists by writing about their lives. The literary category they created sustained future generations of writers like WEB DuBois, Booker T Washington, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Wright, Ann Petry and Martin Luther King Jr.

Ann Petry was born in Old Saybrook, trained as a pharmacist, but wrote a best selling novel, The Street, about a single mother’s struggle to keep her young son from danger and trouble in 1940s Harlem.

Langton Hughes’ First Book of Jazz is part of the First Book series that includes titles like First Book of Rhythms and First Book of Negroes. The NY Times selected The First Book of Jazz as one of the ten best children’s books of 1955.

Founded in 1987, The Amistad Center (TAC) is an independently incorporated and managed not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, located in the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. We are a “museum within a museum,” enjoying a unique institutional relationship that fosters rich cross-cultural conversations between art and audiences.

Our Mission
We celebrate art and culture influenced by people of African descent through education, scholarship and social experiences.

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture is located at 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103-2990. For more information about the Center please call: 860.838.4133 or email us at:

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