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Championing Black Cultural Experiences


August Wilson African American Cultural Center champions artists and programs that reflect universal issues of identity illuminated in the works of the 20th century’s greatest American dramatist and which still resonate today.


SEPTEMBER 14-17, 2023
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August Wilson: The Writer’s Landscape
Permanent Exhibit

August Wilson: The Writer’s Landscape

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center, one of the largest cultural organizations in the country focused exclusively on the African American experience and the arts of the African diaspora, will create The Writer’s Landscape, the first-ever exhibition dedicated to the life and works of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson.

August Wilson: The Writer's Landscape and all galleries will be closed August 6, 2022 and September 16, 2022.

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Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art
Jun 16th - Sep 1st, 2023

Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art

Comprising 67 spectacular works of art, Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art is the culmination of a 35-year journey into a realm that few have explored with such passion and dedication—the world of art and art collecting.

The Hope of Radiance
Feb 17th - May 31st, 2023

The Hope of Radiance

The Hope of Radiance brings together art works and texts created between 2020 - 2022 that are part of Dr. Imo Nse Imeh’s developing project titled Benediction. The exhibition addresses Imeh’s emotional and spiritual tumult during the pandemic period, when the world went silent under lockdown and became an unwitting witness to the horrors of Black life.

Frame of Reference: Jo-Anne Bates
Mar 22nd - Aug 31st, 2023

Frame of Reference: Jo-Anne Bates

Jo-Anne Bates is a prolific artist and arts educator from Pittsburgh. As a prize-winning printmaker, she has exhibited at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, and numerous regional and national galleries. Named the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts 2017 Artist of the Year, Bates continues to influence her community of artists and students with her work.

Ricardo iamuuri Robinson Radio Gulf
Sep 8th - Jan 29th, 2023

Ricardo iamuuri Robinson Radio Gulf

Radio Gulf is a sound installation by interdisciplinary sound artist Ricardo iamuuri Robinson. This new work of art considers a plethora of social gaps by dissecting the game of golf. It interrogates elements of racism, colorism, classism, acculturation, gentrification, imperialism, militarism, economics, ecology, defensive architecture and the sound of a people determined to be recognized as full human beings. A miniature golf fairway encourages attendees to reconsider if this way of living has been fair at all.

Shani Crowe presents Red, Black, and Green
Jun 10th - Sep 25th, 2022

Shani Crowe presents Red, Black, and Green

Red, Black, and Green is a collection of contemporary Pro-Black propaganda, imagined in the colors of and in tribute to the Pan-African flag. Just as the Pan African Flag was created as an emblem of unity and pride for all people of African descent, this exhibition seeks to promote the same principles using materials and references that are staples in Black Culture. Featuring photographic portraiture, yarn tapestry, and beading, Crowe seeks to reinvigorate the themes of unity, reflection, and self-affirmation, all of which were a part of her upbringing.

Oct 22nd - Jan 29th, 2023


OPTICVOICES: Mama’s Boys is an interactive, mixed-media exhibit that orbits the healing of mothers who have lost their sons due to systemic violence and aims to fossilize their legacy. The vessel of cinematic and provocative storytelling is captured through the galvanizing lens of Emmy Award-winning, multidisciplinary artist, Emmai Alaquiva. The kindred journeys of mothers around the world are shared through artistic love letters in the form of photography, film, mixed media and augmented reality.

Travelin’ Mercies: Transits
Oct 20th - Mar 26th, 2023

Travelin’ Mercies: Transits

Visas make possible the passing of boundaries, geographical and spatial, artificial and natural. While these lines may be crossed, the bounds of culture, identity, distance and otherness accompany our travels, meet us where we land. Seed Lynn has used story and story-working circles to enter communities as a listener and witness, less concerned with solving our mysteries than making them. But, how is that received in lands unknown? Where gaze prevails and listening takes effort? Can stories grant passage?

Post No Bills
Oct 20th - Jan 29th, 2023

Post No Bills

Grounded in the rich continuum of African American history and cultural expression, Robert Hodge’s work celebrates resilience and reclamation, with his commemorations of African American musical and cultural icons serving to both preserve the past and illuminate the present. With a nod to “sampling culture” and Rauschenberg’s principle of working in “the gap between art and life”, Hodge’s collage based works pair urban detritus and found objects with cut-out images, lyrics, and other signifiers of the African- American experience, forming a duality of meaning wherein fragments of everyday urban life becomes conduits of artistic expression.

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Bridging Divides

Like our namesake, we believe in the beauty of connecting with all people. Wilson often said he didn’t write for Black or white audiences, but rather about the black experience in America.

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Empowering Expression

We believe that creativity is boundless. From gypsy cab drivers to Blues divas, Wilson’s work tenders no apologies and evokes love sonnets of black struggle and triumph, offering clarion tributes to the ancestors gone before, living in eternal memory.

August Wilson’s Legacy

Envisioning the Future

For over a decade, the non-profit August Wilson African American Cultural Center has embraced Wilson’s magnificent legacy. We believe by celebrating black culture and fostering the exchange of ideas, we can transform how people think about the world.

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