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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.
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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.
A collaboration of Li Harris and Alisha B Wormsley, A Way to AFRAM is about imagineering various technologies and applied sciences to continue the ancestral practice of creating safe places for Black people to exist abundantly on this planet and beyond.
Select Works on Paper is a series of Pittsburgh-based artist works on paper exploring identity, history, iconography and cultural narratives through screen prints, collage assemblage and paintings. Featuring Tara Fay Coleman, Robert Hodge, Dail Chambers, D.S. Kinsel, Bekezela Mguni, and Quaishawn Whitlock.
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.
The title of this exhibition, The Architect and The Oracle, were extracted from the featured above images, titled The Male, The Architect, The Protector; The Universe and The Female, The Oracle, The Nurturer; The One, The Source Within. Therefore, they are also referred to as The Male and Female. Male and Female are divided into four parts; each has an outer and inner circle. The external circular forms represent the potentiality of masculine and feminine energy within the black male and female. Simultaneously, the inner circles represent our connection and reliance on ourselves, each other, and the universe.
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.
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.
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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