The Substance of Things Hoped for: the Complicated and Inspired History Behind the 13th Amendment

Closed February 28, 2015

The Substance of Things Hoped for is part of a statewide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment that includes a display on view at the DuSable Museum February, 1– 28.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of AACM

Closed September 6, 2015

From historic and iconic photographs to a musical soundscape inclusive of AACM founders and the newest generation. From performance costumes and uniquely crafted awards of recognition to performance posters from around the globe. From a recreation of the famous Henry Threadgill “Hubkaphone” as an installation piece to be experienced by all visitors to a long ago silent film of Threadgill playing this unique instrument.

Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Closed January 4, 2015

The DuSable Museum of African American History is honored to present one of the most important exhibitions it has ever displayed, “Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade,” which explores the power of the human spirit.

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Animation Art from Classic Cartoons of ‘70s

Closed October 20, 2014

Commemorates 40th anniversaries of 1970’s Saturday Morning cartoons that featured positive Black characters for the first time in history.

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil

Closed August 17, 2014

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints tells the story of how African, European and indigenous cultural traditions have interacted over a period of more than 500 years to form the distinctive culture of the largest country in South America.

Question Bridge: Black Males

Closed May 18, 2014

The Final Installment of DuSable Museum’s 3 part series on Black Males in America (Previous installments included, KKK: Kin Killing Kin, and THE ENDANGERED SPECIES: A Visual Response to the Vanishing Black Man)

The Endangered Species: A Visual Response to the Vanishing Black Man

Closed March 30, 2014

Against the backdrop of exquisite beauty, this show interrogates masculinity, sexuality, slavery, vanity, mental poverty and the futility of aspiration.


Closed September 28, 2013

The third of a series of exhibitions focused on the history and aesthetic influences of AfriCOBRA opens at the DuSable Museum.