Tone Poems & Light Stories: The Great Migration @ The African American Museum

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Tone Poems & Light Stories: The Great Migration @ The African American Museum

April 13, 2017 - June 4, 2017

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Opening Reception Thursday, April 13, 6 – 8 p.m.

On Thursday, April 13, you’re invited to join the African American Museum in Philadelphia as we open our latest special exhibition, Tone Poems & Light Stories: The Great Migration presented in collaboration with Scribe Video Center.

For this project, five artists were commissioned to create audio/video works that commemorate and celebrate five institutions that played a critical role in the first Great Migration to Philadelphia, a period between 1916 and 1929 when masses of African Americans left southern states in search of better economic opportunity and to escape racial oppression.

Drawing inspiration from Mother Bethel AME Church (Julie Dash), Universal Negro Improvement Association (Kevin Jerome Everson), Tindley Temple (Mendi + Keith Obadike), The Wissahickon Boys Club (Lonnie Graham), and The Philadelphia Tribune (Tina Morton), the exhibition presents these extraordinary contemporary artists’ perspectives on the ways the Great Migration forged new black worlds.

This reception is free and open to the public, and will include wine and light fare. RSVP today! 


April 13, 2017
June 4, 2017
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African American Museum of Philadelphia
701 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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