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Inside the DIA Galleries
Inside the DIA Galleries

The General Motors Center for African American Art

This curatorial department and resource center develops special exhibitions, lectures and symposia on African American art. The Center was designed to enhance public knowledge of African American contributions to the art community, while exploring American history, society and creative expression from an African American perspective.


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Ellen’s Isle, Loch Katrine

Ellen’s Isle, Loch Katrine — Robert S. Duncanson, 1871

Field Section

Field Section — Richard Hunt, 1972

Night Ritual

Night Ritual — Allie McGhee, 1991

Autobiography: Air / CS560

Autobiography: Air / CS560 — Howardena Pindell, 1988

The Death of Camilla

The Death of Camilla — Robert Thompson, 1964

Established in 2000, the GM Center for African American Art represents one of the first curatorial departments dedicated solely to African American art at any major art museum. The Center actively pursues acquisitions and plans exhibitions of the museum's growing permanent collection of African American art. Currently over 400 objects, in various media, are included in the collection. Most of these works date from the latter half of the 1900's, and the collection is especially strong in the graphic arts.

Some of the important artists featured in the collection are Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Robert Colescott, Roy DeCarava, Beauford Delaney, Robert Scott Duncanson, Sam Gilliam, Richard Hunt, Jacob Lawrence, Al Loving, Hughie Lee-Smith, Allie McGhee, Gordon Parks, Howardena Pindell, Martin Puryear, Alison Saar, Augusta Savage, Lorna Simpson, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Robert Thompson, Carrie Mae Weems, William T. Williams and Hale A. Woodruff.

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