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Tour - SAAM Fighters for Freedom Exhibit by William Johnson

Tuesday, August 06, 2024, 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
750 9th Street, N.W.

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Francine R Bennett-Beasley
(202) 436-5252 (p)
Beth Merricks
Registration is required before Sunday, August 04, 2024 at 12:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Plan to meet at 1:20 pm at the G Street entrance of SAAM for this one-hour tour. SAAM's location is above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop on F Street between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Afterwards, Joele may join participants in conversation in the museum's atrium where refreshments are available for purchase.
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Sunday, August 04, 2024 at 12:00 PM
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William H. Johnson (1901–1970) painted his last body of work, the Fighters for Freedom series, in the mid-1940s as a tribute to African American activists, scientists, teachers, performers and international leaders working to bring peace to the world. This landmark exhibition brings together—for the first time since 1946—34 paintings featured in the series.


The exhibition illuminates the extraordinary contributions of Johnson and those of the historical figures he depicted.  Johnson celebrates their accomplishments as they faced the challenges of racism, oppression, and violence. Johnson punctuates each portrait with tiny buildings, flags, and vignettes that give insight into their stories.  His colorful palette creates evocative scenes and narratives that suggest that the pursuit of freedom and peace is ongoing, with moments

of both triumph and tragedy.


DC Village member and SAAM docent, Joele Michaud, will take us through the exhibit of this amazing artist.


15 people maximum


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