Gallery Hours

Thursday 3pm – 8pm
Friday 3pm – 8pm
Saturday 12pm – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Holiday Hours

Galleries will be closed on November 25th.
Galleries will be closed on December 24, 25, and 26th.
Galleries will be open on New Year’s Eve from 3-5pm.
Galleries will be open on New Year’s Day from 12-8pm.

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.

AWAACC Galleries remain free and open to the public.


Exhibitions

research + production

Jessica Gaynelle Moss: the Black box test

November 17, 2021 – January 31, 2022

Opening: November 17, 2022 from 3:00-8:00 PM

Artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss invites ONLY people who identify as Black, African American, African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, or of the African diaspora to enter, engage and explore this exhibition.

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

Artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss reimagines new frameworks and strategizes ways to build, maintain and sustain the ideal spaces we need. the Black box test examines Black space in a broad cultural context that includes the artist’s own practice-based interpretations, scholarship and personal experience situated alongside the knowledge and expertise of other Black artists, leaders and cultural specialists.

Moss’ previous projects– declaring Black autonomous space within public space, reclaiming physical land for Black people, and redeveloping property in Black communities for Black artists– build on the burgeoning legacies of contemporary Black space cultivators and protectors like Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses in Houston, TX, Mark Bradford of Art+Practice in Los Angeles, CA and Theaster Gates of Rebuild Foundation  in Chicago, IL. Like these artists, Moss is dedicated to cultivating and preserving Black space through community-based art making, reciprocal relationships and reimagining the built environment.

the Black box test presents a multidisciplinary conceptualization of Black space, drawing on architecture, oral history and visual theory. Artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss presents a richly layered polyphony that includes a sound installation, thematic illustrations, concept maps, and a series of interactive discussions with Black artists, scholars and experts who are dedicated to cultivating, creating and protecting our shared sacred spaces. This exhibition was curated by Sadie Woods and Janice Bond of Selenite Arts Advisory.

ARTIST BIO

Jessica Gaynelle Moss reimagines new frameworks and strategizes ways to build, maintain and sustain Black autonomous spaces devoted to our survival, resistance and healing. She is the Founding Director of The Roll Up CLT, a neighborhood-embedded artist residency project in Charlotte NC, and the Administrative Director of Sibyls Shrine, a residency program for Black mothers who identify as artists in Pittsburgh PA. Jessica received a bachelors in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University; a masters in Arts Administration, Policy and Management from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a masters in Studies of the Law from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. (@jesseplane, @therollupclt, @sibylsshrine)


DERRICK ADAMS: SANCTUARY

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary

November 17, 2021 – January 31, 2022

From 1936 to 1967, during the Jim Crow era, Black American road-trippers referenced a guidebook, The Negro Motorist Green Book, also known as The Green Book, to identify businesses, including hotels, restaurants, state parks, beauty parlors, and nightclubs, that were nondiscriminatory and welcoming. In Derrick Adams: Sanctuary, this reference material serves as inspiration to reimagine safe destinations for the Black American traveler in an exhibition featuring mixed-media collage and sculpture.

In his continued exploration of Black refuge and leisure, and during a time when uneven law enforcement continues to negatively shape the experiences of Black Americans, Adams also offers a space to reflect on the importance, and at times political act, of having the freedom to go wherever you want.

Adams is a recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (2019), a Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship (2018), a Studio Museum Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize (2016), and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2009). His work resides in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary is on view in Claude Worthington Benedum Gallery at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center.

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary is organized by Dexter Wimberly and Derrick Adams Studio.


Danny Simmons: Selected Works

Danny Simmons: Selected Works

November 17, 2021 – March 31, 2022

Danny Simmons: Selected Works includes a few highlights from the artist’s collection alongside pieces from two introspective exhibitions, Studio Time, and Poems and Paintings. These works were both created and made their debut during one of the most memorable times in world history.

Studio Time
Studio Time is a collection of works by Danny Simmons made during the 2020 pandemic. Simmons’ paintings and works on paper offer intricate mazes taking the viewer into dimensions of his inner world.

Poems and Paintings
Poems and Paintings by Danny Simmons presents paintings created by a preeminent artist during the global pandemic in combination with works and ideas from other eras. A new poem, To Be Made Beautiful, was written for this body of work at this time in our history.


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