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June 27, 2023 - August 6, 2023

SPECIAL EXHIBITION: Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.

With Admission
Installation of Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.

Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. serves as metaphor for the thousands of significant African American men who are rendered invisible by a society that does not quite know how to see them.

 

Through literary and historic quotes, poetry, original works of art, dramatically back-lit photographs, the creation of a dynamic space that encourages self-reflection, and exhibition text written with a vibrant 21st century cadence, this innovative exhibition weaves together the historical and the contemporary to illuminate the importance of these men, within the context of rich community traditions. It invites visitors to consider predominant narratives and engage in the authentic stories of history, politics, art, culture and activism. Likewise, twenty-five contemporary artists were invited to reflect and celebrate the significance of ground-breaking individuals through their own creative vision. These works of art serve as counterpoint to the sumptuously backlit photographs and inspiring quotes, and together honor the truth of the African American experience in history and today.

 

Men of Change highlights men—including Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B Du Bois and Kendrick Lamar—whose journeys have altered the history and culture of the country through politics, sports, science, entertainment, business and religion. The achievements of the men are situated within the legacy and traditions of the African American journey — achievements of excellence in spite of society’s barriers. The men’s names are insinuated in a landscape of names and faces all echoing the story of becoming your best self. In heralding the contributions of notable men across decades, Men of Change highlights deep parallels between the past and present.

 

A diverse group of scholars, writers, and cultural influencers selected the men and their stories in this ground-breaking exhibition. The Men of Change national tour is made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund. The Fund’s programming initiative, Men of Courage, will allow for community engagement funding to be provided directly to venues that host this exhibition.

 

Photo credit: Installation of Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.