The National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA)

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NCAAAbarryEdmund Barry Gaither, Director and Curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, tells us about the first time he was struck by art:

"As a child during the Korean Conflict, I loved art drawing. Brushing back the brown soil to reveal a perfectly smooth surface, I sketched planes and soldiers on the ground with nails. My battle narratives filled the yard. The insurance man had to hop-scotch his way to the door to avoid stepping on my art. I knew it mattered—I saw that it got other people’s attention. Thus began my love of art, and my growing awareness that it could affect the behavior of others."

The National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA)
300 Walnut Avenue
Boston MA 02119
Phone: 617-442-8614

Mission: NCAAA is committed to preserving and fostering the cultural arts heritage of black peoples worldwide.  Among the resources offered at its Museum are its African, Afro-Latin, Afro-Caribbean and African American collections; an extensive slide archive, and a rich variety of education programs for young people and adults. 

Marlon Forrester, African Os II, Archival Print, 24 x 36 inch (2011)
Currently on exhibit:  Playoff X: Recent Works by Marlon Forrester

An exploration of the representation of black males in basketball.  Using his own body and others, Forrester examines the complex and contradictory iconography of black males in America. Interrogating representations of black males as dangerous, animalistic but athletically gifted, he observes that the black male body has been crafted into a warring body under constant assault by history, the market, and the art world. It is used by the corporate world to sell products. Its physical beauty, grace and strength are used to subvert intellectual and character development, turning assets into liabilities through the deformation of values. Forrester’s heroes are paradoxical. Through September 19, 2012.

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