Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney We're delighted with our newest exhibition, Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum and featuring over 140 works by this critically and popularly acclaimed illustrator of children's books. His imaginative watercolors come alive, on the walls, in strategically placed storybooks, and in animated format on iPads integrated into the exhibit. The stories themselves will jump off the pages and into the hearts and minds of children of all ages this July at the Jerry Pinkney Celebrity Children's Book Fair. On Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, Mr. Pinkney, his wife and noted storyteller and writer Gloria Jean Pinkney, and other authors will be showcased at this fun-filled event featuring arts and crafts, book giveaways, appearances by characters from the stories themselves, and so much more! It will be a fabulous chance to meet and hear from Jerry Pinkney, experience the Children's Discovery Room, and most importantly, instill a love for the written word in young and old alike.
DIVE IN! As you may have heard, needed operational support from the City of Detroit continues to be diminished for The Wright Museum (which is, in fact, city-owned) and other deserving cultural institutions. It is during these tough times that everyone is called upon to help secure the future of this museum – a place that sparks creativity in the minds of our children and helps us reconnect with a pride and legacy that has sometimes been forgotten.
We appreciate how many of you have stepped up to support the work of the Museum. We thank Jon Barfield and Vivian Carpenter, who recently hosted a fundraiser that raised $100,000. We appreciate their leadership, and are grateful to everyone who supported the event.
We ask that you think about what you can do to help the Museum to fulfill its mission and service to the Community – and we will work to insure that the service we provide is, and will continue to be, worthy of that support. From upcoming exhibits such as Visions of Our 44th President and Inspired Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology, to programs like the Financial Literacy Project and Camp Africa summer camps, to the ongoing Voices of the Civil War online video series, our work continues undaunted, and unabated.
The Museum is an oasis in the sweltering summer of our hectic, everyday lives. Whether visiting and attending events, volunteering, or becoming a member or donor, there are many ways, and so many more reasons, to "dive in!" Talk to us about how you can be a part of the mission and magic that is the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Voices of the Civil War Episode 6, "Overwhelming Numbers and Resources"
Wednesday 7/18 online at TheWright.org/voices The Voices of the Civil War is a five-year film series dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the Civil War over the course of the sesquicentennial. Each month, new episodes cover pertinent topics that follow the monthly events and issues as they unfolded for African Americans during the Civil War. In Episode 6, "Overwhelming Numbers and Resources," we look at the difference between the North and the South in regards to manpower and resources. Why was the Confederate army, representing territories with less than half the population of the North, confident they could win the Civil War? We encourage your feedback and commentary through our Voices of the Civil War blog, where you can view new and previous episodes at www.TheWright.org/voices.
Moving to His Own Beat - Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music Through November, 2012 Created in partnership with Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, this exhibit examines the life of Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti in the realms of music, culture, and politics, and preludes the arrival of the off-Broadway smash musical, Fela!, in February, 2012. Fela's undying passion for African peoples, understanding of the power of art and politics, and unyielding struggle against the colonial forces in Nigeria during the 1950s and 1960s, solidified his legacy as a shimmering agent of change against the status quo. He spoke out against the ruling government, returned to African traditions that had been interrupted during Colonialism, and brilliantly used his music as a medium for social change. Always pushing the envelope, Fela infused traditional African highlife music with classical jazz and funk, which evolved into a unique sound that he called, "Afrobeat." The powerful music and social commentary found throughout his vast catalogue of recordings is indicative of his desire to help end oppression among African peoples everywhere. Click here to learn more...
The Chris Webber Collection: Exceptional People During Extraordinary Times, 1755 - Present Through November, 2012 Chris Webber, Detroit native, National Basketball Association All-Star player (retired) and NBA announcer, collects rare artifacts that illuminate the lives and legacies of African American greats such as Phillis Wheatley, the first African American author; Rosa Parks , mother of the modern civil rights movement; civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others. Viewers get a glimpse of their heritage and learn about a different facet of Chris Webber, basketball player, philanthropist, and collector of African American history. Click here to learn more...
Great American Artists - Part II: The Branches Through September 2, 2012 This yearlong exhibition features the works of a consortium of Detroit artists in a three-part series subtitled, "Roots, Branches, and Seeds." During the past several years, each artist has collaborated to complete a portrait of a group member and to document each other's studio processes, techniques and themes. This cooperative provides the group a means of documenting and preserving each artist's image and their careers. Exhibiting second are Christopher Batten, Halima Cassels and Senghor Reid who form the "Branches" of the group. They have used inspiration derived from the "Roots" to create murals, installations and large figurative works worldwide. Their work explores environmental issues and the communities in which they live. Click here to learn more...
PLEASE NOTE: metered parking on Warren and Farnsworth is now being enforced until 10 pm Monday through Saturday. There is free parking on Brush Street, and the Cultural Center parking lot is $5 before 4 pm and $3 afterwards.
Museum programming is sponsored in part by the generous support of our community partners: