New PhilAesthetic Exhibition Highlights Influential Black Artists In Philadelphia

The African American Museum presents an exhibit featuring 40 years of work from notable black artists...

The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and to continue the festivities, the museum has just launched an exciting new exhibition.

PhilAesthetic: 40 years of Collecting African American Art is a citywide celebration of the progression of the Black Arts Movement. Visitors can look forward to a two-gallery exhibition of select collection works as well live music, workshops, pop-up exhibits and dance performances.


  • PhilAesthetic runs from June 15 to September 17 at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
  • On display are art works on paper, paintings, mixed media arts and sculpture.
  • Live performances associated with exhibit will take place both at the museum and at other locations throughout the city.
  • The exhibition is part of the museum’s 40th anniversary celebration.

Curated by AAMP, PhilAesthetic was created in collaboration with Philadanco, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts and New Freedom Theatre.

The Exhibition

PhilAesthetic looks closely at the Black Arts Movement in Philadelphia over the last 40 years. The works — including paper, paintings, mixed media arts and sculpture — include gifts from artists, pieces from a 1998 gift from the Ford Foundation and other works in AAMP’s collection.

A number of local artists are showcased in the exhibit, including Philadelphia artist Moe Brooker, who uses paint and fabrics and is known for using bright colors.

(Photo courtesy AAMP)
PhilAesthetic features performances celebrating African-American arts and culture.

Barbara Bullock is a Germantown visual artist whose work examines black identity, dreams, memories and ancestral history.

Work from late, renowned portrait artist and photographer Barkley L. Hendricks will also be on display. Hendricks is known for his works capturing black fashion and street style.

Other featured artists include Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, John Dowell, Paul Keene, Howardena Pindell, Joyce Scott, Alma Thomas, Pat Ward Williams and many more.


Pop-up events and performances will take place throughout the length of the exhibition, both at AAMP and elsewhere in the city.

Journey through Philadelphia’s music history during “Fierce! Three Generations of Jazz, Funk and Hip-Hop” on June 24 at 8 p.m. at the Clef Club of Jazz, 738 S. Broad Street.

“The Ultimate Supa Sisters!” with Ursula Rucker, Sonia Sanchez and Jessica Care Moore will showcase some of the country’s finest women poets. That event takes place at 8 pm on July 14 at AAMP. Check out the full list of events here.

Don’t miss this fascinating retrospective at one of the city’s premier institutions!

PhilAesthetic: 40 Years of Collecting African American Art

When:June 15-September 17, 2017, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 12-5 pm.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:$14, adults; $10, youth (ages 4-12), senior citizens and students with ID; $2 for ACCESS / EBT cardholders; free for members


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