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Complex Exchange: Figuring Black Futures Today

  • Northwest African-American Museum 2300 South Massachusetts Street Seattle, WA, 98144 United States (map)


Complex Exchange features presenters and practices that reference black experience and lives of people of color from a local context. Join in this series of conversations with Seattle community members from a variety of disciplines to tackle themes inspired by the exhibition Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas on view at the Seattle Art Museum, and Everyday Black at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM).

Bridging three generations and shaped by distinctive historic events, the large-scale tableaux of Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, and Mickalene Thomas offer bold perspectives on Black culture and representation in an ever changing social and political landscape. Though unique in style and subject matter, these artists are united by presenting counter-narratives to an art history dominated by European ideals.


Everyday Black is a captivating collection of portraits of a diverse group of Seattle community members by contemporary photographers Zorn B. Taylor and Jessica Rycheal. This show offers insightful meditations on identity and chosen community as the artists explore what it means to belong. Taylor and Rycheal present snapshots that beautifully bear witness to the everyday lives of black community members in Seattle and beyond.

This year’s series will include two programs, one hosted at each institution.

Free; RSVP Requested

Image: School of Beauty, School of Culture, 2012, Kerry James Marshall, acrylic and glitter on unstretched canvas, 108 x 158 in., Birmingham Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds provided by Elizabeth (Bibby) Smith, the Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art, Jane Comer, the Sankofa Society, and general acquisition funds, 2012.57, © Kerry James Marshall.