Five Year Plan: Exhibitions

The Museum has hosted hundreds of exhibitions in its sixty-year history, from explorations of its permanent collections to tour-de-force contemporary art shows. The DuSable currently serves as the premier venue for The March, TIME and Viola Davis’ virtual reality recreation of 1963’s iconic March on Washington. The approach to engagement found here—drawing the visitor directly into the experience and making them part of history—informs the Museum’s umbrella approach to interpretation. Over the next five years, the Museum will:

  • Using VR and other technologies, and harnessing social media and other platforms, create non-traditional exhibition experiences that solidify the DuSable’s position as a community resource
  • Harness the breadth and depth of its extraordinary collections to bring the entire history of the Black American experience to life
  • Embrace the vibrant presence of the African and African Diasporic cultural presence in Chicago and across the U.S.
  • Tie exhibitions to educational programs via innovative didactics that contextualize works of art and ephemera within the African American experience
  • Inaugurate a traveling exhibitions program to bring the Museum’s collections to new audiences internationally

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