The Dallas Morning News
AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
■ “Carroll Harris Simms: National Black Art Competition and Exhibition,” established in 1976, aims to expand the museum’s collection and provide Black artists a venue to display their work. Through May 10.
■ “Confederate Currency: The Color of Money” investigates the importance of slavery in the economy of the South. The exhibit by John W. Jones features framed money and acrylic paintings inspired by the images of enslaved people on the currencies. Through July 24.
■ “The Decorative Arts Collection” features objects including an 1824 coverlet, five pieces crafted between 1840 and 1850 by North Carolina furniture maker Thomas Day, an 1888 crazy quilt and an 1830 slave-made desk from San Augustine in East Texas.
■ “Dynasty: The Peculiar Search for Totality Featuring Artist Missy Burton” isa photographic series that explores the timeline of a family’s search for freedom. The series follows the fictional family of an African woman known as Dada who was captured and forced into slavery and the family’s determination to return its lineage to freedom. Through June 5.
■ “Facing the Rising Sun” contains photographs, found objects and historical documents that provide insight into a community once called Freedman’s Town and now known as Uptown. Interactive video kiosks allow visitors to see and hear from the people who knew Freedman’s Town firsthand.
■ “The Souls of Black Folk” contains selections from the museum’s “Billy R. Allen Folk Art Collection” and “Decorative Arts Collection” that are rotated twice each year. Artists include Clementine Hunter, Mose Tolliver, the Rev. Johnnie Swearingen, David Butler, Sister Gertrude Morgan and Isaac Smith.
■ “Tears: Weaponized, Devalued and Reconciled?” compares and contrasts the value placed on the tears of Black and white women. Through July 24.