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Guide on Past and Current Archives & Special Collections Exhibits @ the University of Pittsburgh Library System - Oakland (2020-present)

Spotlight on Black Artists: Records from Archives & Special Collections (Spring 2024-Present)

Date of Exhibition: Spring 2024 - Present

Curators: Megan Massanelli (Archives & Special Collections Engagement & Outreach Librarian), William Daw (Curtis Theatre Collection Curator), Chris Lynch (Project Coordinator, Center for American Music), Ben Rubin (Horror Studies Collection Coordinator)

Location:  Archives & Special Collections exhibit gallery, 3rd floor Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh 3960 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15260 

Description:  In honor of 2024's National U.S. Black History Month theme, “African Americans and the Arts,” Archives & Special Collections is excited to highlight the work and life of Black artists from or connected to Pittsburgh. We hope you are inspired to learn more about these individuals and collectives, whose lives stretch from the latter part of the 19th century into the present day, as you also celebrate contemporary Black history makers! 

Many of the featured artists have worked in a multitude of media and artistic genres. We have arranged this display into four overall categories - visual artists, including arts educators, painters, and fiber artists; musicians, including gospel and jazz composers, performers, and publishers; authors, including those who write fiction, horror, and poetry; and theatre workers and dancers including choreographers, performers, playwrights, directors, and more. 

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