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

ARTISTS IN THE NEWS

BOMB – Outstanding, Girl, You Knock Me Out: Ayana Evans and Tsedaye Makonnen, Interviewed by Jessica Lanay – Read More

BOMB – What’s Going On (or Some Violence To Get Some Good): Ben Jones, Interviewed by Jessica Lanay – Read More


Upcoming Exhibitions

Galleries are closed during the exhibition change-over.

Friday, January 24 – Sunday, March 29, 2020

Opening reception Friday January 24, 5:00p- 8:00p

Performance by Ayana M. Evans (New York) and Tsedaye Makonnen (Washington DC) and guided tours with L. Kasimu Harris and curator Kilolo Luckett
Please RSVP at info@aacc-awc.org.

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.

Opening Reception
January 24th, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Performance by Ayana and Tsedaye, 7:00 pm
free | light refreshments

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.

Opening Reception
January 24th, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Artist and curator-led tour, 5:30 pm
free | light refreshments