Debuting Spring 2021
African American Voices will explore the history of African-American and Black performers, musicians, and composers in the United States beginning with Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, America's first international Black star. The exhibit will look at the indelible influence that Black artists have had on American music and its popularity around the world. From the creation of Blues and Jazz to the classical compositions of Florence Price, African American Voices will discuss the historical challenges that have been faced by Black artists in America since the founding of the nation. Special focus will be given to Henry Lewis, Marilyn Horne's husband and long-time collaborator, who broke barriers to rise to fame in the white-dominated world of classical music.
African American Voices is supported in part by a generous gift from Dr. Livingston and Mrs. Evelyn Alexander