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Radcliffe Bailey and African American History Museum Curator to Speak in Reston

by Dave Emke July 17, 2017 at 11:30 am 8 Comments

Dr. Tuliza Fleming, curator of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, will visit Reston this weekend for a discussion with artist Radcliffe Bailey.

Bailey is an Atlanta-based mixed media artist whose work is currently on view at both the museum and the Greater Reston Arts Center, where his exhibit “The Great Dismal Swamp” will be through Aug. 18. According to GRACE, Bailey’s work “layers imagery, culturally resonant materials and text to explore themes of ancestry, race and memory.”

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened to the public last September and was visited by 1 million people within its first few months. It features exhibits about African-American struggles, triumphs, activism, entertainment and much more.

The free event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road). The formal discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

RSVP is required and can be made by emailing William Parker at [email protected].

Image via Wikimedia user Fuzheado

  • Bah

    That museum looks like the Jawas tracked garbage dumpster. Never been inside it, though, because I don’t need to buy any droids right now.

    • RVA_101

      It is a bit imposing, but I do find it stylish. It’s daring, nothing like any other Smithsonian on the Mall. The cladding, with its detailing, is very unique.

  • Mike M

    Identity politics sure has its effect! There is the Native American Museum, this one, even the Women’s Viet Nam Veteran’s Memorial. Where is it taking us? Where does it end? Whose interest does it serve? What does it really do for us? Does it bring us together?

    • Bah

      Why there is a Holocaust Museum in DC? Neither the perpetrators nor the victims were Americans. Such a museum should be in Berlin, Warsaw, or Tel Aviv.

      • Mike M

        You raise an interesting point. But I don’t see that Museum as being about one ethnicity so much as being about industrial murder at the international level. The holocaust chewed up everyone labeled as an enemy of the state. It happens that one ethnicity was targeted on such a massive and predominant scale.

        • Bah

          “I don’t see that Museum as being about one ethnicity”

          Uhhh… dude… the Holocaust was about one ethnicity. It was not an accident that “one ethnicity was targeted”. Yes, other ethnicities got fed into the meat grinder, but the meat grinder was created in the first place in order to destroy the primary target ethnicity.

          • Edward Calvert

            There are museums and memorials in all those cities you mention

          • RestonAssurance

            Bah, ANYONE and EVERYONE else who disagreed was sent to the camps.


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