History and art enthusiasts from near and far will visit Riverside, Calif. this week for the Association of African American Museums Conference (AAAM) taking place Aug. 3-6, 2016.
The AAAM conference is taking place at the Riverside Convention Center, but a host of activities including some receptions are planned in various locations throughout the Inland Region.
A Visual Voice art exhibit co-curated by renown artists Charles Bibbs and Bernard Hoyes with assistance by curator Lisa Henry will take place Friday, August 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Riverside Art Museum. This exhibit covers Southern California Black artists’ ascent to the mainstream, culminating with the Black art scene in Los Angeles in the 1980s and 90s. Works of 19 masterful artists who played an integral role in what is to become the first full African American Art Movement over the last three decades includes: Ernie Barnes, Varnette P. Honeywood, Bernard Stanley Hoyes, Charles Bibbs, Nathaniel Bustion, Synthia Saint James, Kathleen Atkins Wilson, Kenneth Gatewood, Charles Dickson, Joseph Beckles, Charles White, Samella Lewis, William Pajaud, Richard Mayhew, Artis Lane, Jacob Lawrence, Noah Purifoy, Barbara Wesson and John Outterbridge.
In conjunction with the Visual Voice art exhibition, a Block Party with a stage of live entertainment will take place Friday, August 5th from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Mission Inn Avenue near the Riverside Art Museum. Blues, Jazz and R&B performers will give a musical tribute concert to celebrate the early century era with special guests to be announced. Both the Block Party and Visual Voice art exhibition are free and open to the public.
The Riverside African American Historical Society, Inc. applied for a grant and was selected out of 50 applicants as one of the recipients and host of the national tour of the traveling exhibition “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation.” This exhibit was organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and National Museum of American History and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition tour is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor (NEH).
The official opening of the “Changing America” Exhibit will take place immediately after the ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 pm at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, located at the corner of Orange Street and Mission Inn Avenue. In conjunction with the Association of the African American 2016 Museum Conference, the exhibit will feature a viewing of the Smithsonian exhibit, a champagne toast, and musical hits from the 1960’s. There will be tributes to B.B. King, Maya Angelou, dance performances and more.