The August Wilson African American Cultural Center boasts a wide range of dynamic exhibition and educational spaces that have hosted thousands of talents artists and creative students of all ages and backgrounds. Within recent past, acclaimed visual artists who have showcased their works include Hebru Brantley, Romare Bearden, Latoya Ruby Frazier, Vanessa German, Tarish Pipkins, Peju Alatise, and many more.

Galleries are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours

Wed, Thurs 11a-6p
Friday, Sat 11a-8p
Sunday 12p-5p


AAWC NewsCITYLAB – The Endangered Black Bars of New Orleans by Brentin MockRead More
Pittsburgh Current – Last Call: Photo Exhibit At August Wilson Center Explores The Loss Of Black SpacesRead More
New York Times – A Shot Before Last Call: Capturing New Orleans’s Vanishing Black BarsRead More
BOMB – Outstanding, Girl, You Knock Me Out: Ayana Evans and Tsedaye Makonnen, Interviewed by Jessica LanayRead More
BOMB – What’s Going On (or Some Violence To Get Some Good): Ben Jones, Interviewed by Jessica LanayRead More

Current Exhibitions

Sunday, March 1st | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Artist talk with L. Kasimu Harris, Tunde Wey, and Brentin Mock, moderated by Kilolo Luckett in Gallery 2
Light refreshments and cash bar.

Sunday, March 29th | 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm | Closing reception with 30-minute performance by Ayana and Tsedaye followed by artist talk including Caroline Hunter, member to the Inkwell Polar Bears, moderated by Jessica Lanay in Gallery 1
Light refreshments and cash bar.
Galleries will stay open until 6:30 pm

Presenting The Black Avant-Garde: A Tribute to Senga and Maren, 2019

Gallery 1

I came by Boat so Meet me at the Beach.: Ayana M. Evans and Tsedaye Makonnen

Ayana M. Evans, New York-based performance artist, and Tsedaye Makonnen, multidisciplinary artist from Washington, DC, present new collaborative works and performances that explore the legacies of Black radical womanhood in relationship to well-being, ritual, and physical labor.

Organized by Kilolo Luckett, curator of Visual Arts.

January 24 through March 29, 2020
On view in The BNY Mellon Gallery, first floor.

Black Bar in NOLA: Verret’s, 2018

Gallery 2

Vanishing Black Bars & Lounges: Photographs by L. Kasimu Harris

New Orleans-based photographer L. Kasimu Harris documents disappearing social halls and leisure clubs that were safe gathering spaces for African Americans for entertainment, benevolent causes, and community activism.

Organized by Kilolo Luckett, curator of Visual Arts.

January 24 through March 29, 2020
On view in the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Gallery, second floor.

Current Exhibition Event Photos