The James and Woodson Museums to launch new exhibit on Juneteenth

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The James Museum and The Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum have partnered for a new exhibition this summer titled Reverberations. Reverberations will feature established and emerging black artists in the Tampa Bay region and the Southeastern United States. The exhibit will be on view at The James Museum beginning on Juneteenth and run through August 29.

REVERBERATIONS: Artwork exclusively by Black artists blends the past and present to reveal stories of racism, oppression, hope and resilience that continue to reverberate today.

Presented by the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, REVERBERATIONS shares artwork from emerging and established Black artists who live and work in Tampa Bay and across the Southeastern United States. Through each artist’s own perspective, this exhibition will challenge viewers with stories of structural racism and oppression, as well as celebrate hope and resilience.

Showcasing the highs and lows of the Black experience in America

REVERBERATIONS seeks to showcase the highs and lows of the Black experience in America, highlighting themes of family and community as well as marginalization and prejudice. Curator of the exhibition, Desmond Clark, shares about REVERBERATIONS in this way, “Can you hear the song that has been playing for over four centuries? Can you feel how it vibrates our nation? Can you see how it has affected your neighbor, your friends, and your family? These artists live this every day. They weave the stories of past BIPOC people with their own. They inform and shape the art and actions that will come after. The rich history passed down for generations displayed in the images in this exhibition do not just echo; they reverberate.”

This exhibition is a glimpse into the kinds of stories The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum will have the space to tell with the realization of its new museum. “Our new location, this exhibition and partnership with The James Museum is a representation of the unlimited opportunities we have to serve and honor our African American Community,” said Terri Lipsey-Scott, Executive Director of The Woodson Museum. “We are excited to bring a first-class home for African American art, history and culture to St. Petersburg.”

Amplifying the voices of artists not often found at the forefront of American Art

“We are proud to host this exhibition by The Woodson Museum, as they amplify the voices of artists not often found at the forefront of American Art and demonstrate the strength of an African American museum in our region,” said Laura Hine, Executive Director of The James Museum. “REVERBERATIONSdemonstrates one of The James Museum’s core values of exploring our shared past and present in ways that are open, inclusive and authentic.”

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art at 150 Central Avenue, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 727.892.4200 or visit www.thejamesmuseum.org.

There are exciting things on the horizon for The Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum.

The Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum is transforming

At the start of February, The Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum secured $700,000 in funds, completing a $1 million “Deuces Rising” initiative, from the City of St. Petersburg for its new 29,000 square foot facility. The new Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum will take over a 5.5 acre parcel along 22nd Street South just across the street from the Historic Manhattan Casino.

The concept, designed by Wannemacher Jensen Architects, will feature new galleries, a sculpture garden, events space, and a justice center. Its new unique design will have the museum itself be an event driven venue.

In total, the major upgrade from its current 4,000-square-foot space will cost about $20 million. The money will come from grants, donations, and fundraisers.

This is a call for donations to help elevate this exquisite and essential institution in the Sunshine City.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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