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NYU Reads

A selection of resources for engaging with the NYU Reads books.

Arts & Resistance: Museums, Photography & Poetry

What makes the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) different in its ambition? This museum recognizes that Blackness is not peripheral to the American project; it is the foundation upon which the country was built" (p. 272). 

In How the Word Is Passed, Clint Smith refers to arts as part of his storytelling, both in terms of the documentation of enslaved people and the brutality of slavery, and also Black enslaved people's resistance to slavery. Poetry, visual art (mainly photography), and museums are often referred to in the book. The following includes artists/authors/sources mentioned in the book and also those who are not mentioned in the book but are related to this topic. 

Wheat Paste of Black of white sketch of 4 people with the statement, "America is Black".


Artwork and photography of artwork by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Museums on slavery (United States)

Photography & Visual Art