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Smithsonian African American Museum to honor Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther costume in new exhibit

A new exhibition debuting next spring at the Smithsonians National Museum of African American History and Culture NMAAHC will celebrate Chadwick Bosemans Black Panther hero costume. Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures opens on March 24 2023 and features the late actors iconic gear. Black Panther counts as the first superhero of African descent to appear in mainstream American comics and the film is the first major cinematic production on the character. Investigating Afrofuturist expression through art music activism and more this exhibition explores and reveals Afrofuturisms historic and poignant engagement with African-American history and popular culture Smithsonian officials wrote in a news release. From the enslaved looking to the cosmos for freedom to popular sci-fi stories inspiring Black astronauts to the musical influence of Sun Ra OutKast P-Funk and more this exhibition covers the broad and impactful spectrum of Afrofuturism.

Through the 4300-square-foot temporary exhibition visitors will view a variety of objects from Afrofuturism pioneers including Octavia Butlers typewriter Nichelle Nichols Star Trek uniform as the character Lt. Nyoto Uhura and Nona Hendryxs space suit-inspired costume worn while performing with LaBelle. The exhibition also utilizes select objects to elevate stories that speak to Black liberation and social equality such as Trayvon Martins flight suit from Experience Aviation and his childhood dream of being an astronaut. Trayvon Martins flight suit tells the story of a dream of space flight ended tragically by earthbound violence said Kevin Young the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

On March 24 2023 the Smithsonians National Museum of African American History and Culture NMAAHC will showcase its new exhibition Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures. The exhibit will feature stories on pop culture to science and technology. We are honored to tell more of Trayvons story exploring his love of flight and mechanics and his fondness for science and technology. Afrofuturism charts the joy of a rich imagined future often in the face of injustice. Since its opening in 2016 NMAAHC has supported conversations collections and initiatives surrounding Afrofuturism. Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures will be on view in the museums Bank of America Special Exhibitions Gallery from March 24 2023 through March 2024.

 

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