The Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s newest exhibition, Changing Lanes: Mobility in Connecticut, is open through April, 2022.
This exhibition explores the barriers and prejudice African Americans in Connecticut faced in housing, education, and excessive policing, and the subsequent response by activists. The exhibit also explores the impact of collective action and specific narratives of community heroes.
Crossing Barriers will be produced in collaboration with the Cooperstown Graduate Program, drawing inspiration from supervising faculty member Dr. Gretchen Sullivan Sorin’s book Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America.
In 1987, a handful of visionaries that included Trustees and staff of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, joined forces with independent foundations, corporations and the State of Connecticut and formed The Amistad Foundation in order to purchase, protect and provide public access to the Randolph Linsly Simpson Collection then housed in the collector’s farmhouse in Northford, Connecticut.
This extraordinary collection, which now consists of 7,000 works of art, artifacts and archives, documents more than 300 years of the artistic, literary, military, enslaved and free life of Blacks in America–truly a treasure and a rich resource of immense educational value and testimony to America’s diverse and dynamic culture.
In addition to collection care and development, The Amistad Foundation was intended to take on the broader tasks of preserving and interpreting African American culture and history and correcting the misrepresentation and under-representation of this important aspect of our country’s evolution.
Learn more about its commitment to education, and the collection.