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Race, Arts, and Aesthetics

Race is more than individual identification. Our understandings of race and belonging are publicly constructed and reinforced.  Popular culture and shared public spaces can expose the tensions between what we see and who that represents.


These programs reflect projects across the Smithsonian that are related to Race, Arts and Aesthetics.

Banner Image: Detail from mural commissioned for Gateways/Portales exhibition. Rosalia Torres-Weiner, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2016. Courtesy of Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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