▪ The Smithsonian Institution will open the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Sept. 24 in Washington. President Barack Obama, the first black U.S. president, will lead the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will kick off a weeklong celebration.
The museum has built a collection of 11 exhibits to trace the history of slavery, segregation, civil rights and African Americans’ achievements in the arts, entertainment, sports, the military and the wider culture. Artifacts on loan from other institutions will also be on display, such as two documents signed by President Abraham Lincoln: the 13th Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation.
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▪ A second Grammy Museum, sister to the original in Los Angeles, will open March 5 in Cleveland, Mississippi. Why a museum in the town of about 12,500? “With its proximity to our membership communities in Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans, we’re looking forward to expanding the reach of the museum’s mission and programs into one of the most musically vibrant regions in America,” said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy and chairman of the board of the Grammy Museum.
The 28,000-square-foot museum, built and operated by the nonprofit Cleveland Music Foundation, will be housed on the campus of Delta State University. The museum’s debut special exhibit will be Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!
▪ The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, closed three years for a rebuilding that doubles it size and triples its gallery space, will reopen on May 14. Highlight of the inaugural exhibitions will be 260 works from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection of postwar and contemporary art.
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