Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.

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Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and Levine Museum of the New South are proud to collaborate and bring the dynamic exhibition Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. to our Charlotte community. 

Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. profiles the revolutionary 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. The achievements of the men are woven within the legacy and traditions of the African American journey—achievements of excellence in spite of society’s barriers.

Through literary and historic quotes, poetry, original works of art, dramatic photographs, and a dynamic space that encourages self-reflection, 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.

While these men made their mark in a variety of disciplines—politics, sports, science, entertainment, business, religion, and more—all understood the value of asserting their own agency by owning their own stories.

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Alfred Conteh,  [Ryan Coogler] Home Team, 2018 | Courtesy of the artist and Amath Gomis

Alfred Conteh,  [Ryan Coogler] Home Team, 2018 | Courtesy of the artist and Amath Gomis

Twenty-five contemporary artists were invited to reflect and celebrate the significance of these 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.

Together, Levine Museum and The Gantt will share the stories of these revolutionary men. Told across seven themes, Levine Museum will display Catalysts, Myth-Breakers, and Community and The Gantt will display Storytellers, Fathering, and Imagining; both museums will display Loving.  

Levine Museum and The Gantt strive to ignite excitement, conversation and engagement that connects the community through history, art, culture and celebration. We hope this partnership around Men of Change inspires the community to gather across both museums, connect with each other and honor the voices, stories and history of these extraordinary men.

Men of Change was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and made possible through the generous support of the Ford Motor Company Fund. 

Free admission to the Men of Change Exhibition at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and Levine Museum of the New South is made possible by generous support from Wells Fargo.

 

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