Billions of years of evolution have produced a world in which every organism's welfare is intertwined with that of countless other species. The “willful” self-destruction of humanity by Earth’s most formidable species, humans, is the topic of New Orleans born and Dallas raised photographer Tia Boyd. Through a series of portraits, Boyd reveals a surviving race of godlike women warriors who have come to terraform the planet for future inhabitants.
Tia Boyd is a graduate of The Art Institute of Dallas where she majored in photography. Primarily influenced by light, Boyd specializes in portrait nudes and landscapes. The exhibition will be on view August 3, 2019 – January 11, 2020.
The Aláàṣẹ [Ah lah SHEH] is Yoruba (West Afrikan) for one who possesses performative power, primordial force (aṣé) and the ability to create change.
In this exhibition, Nailah I. Akinyémi-Sankofa presents a body of new works about the ways in which Afrikan performative power and ritual practice emerge through identities forged in the Afrikan Diaspora. Through multiple ethnic traditions and creative mediums, Sankofa uses her sartorial, sculptural, and ritual techniques to challenge the presence of colonial influence on Black cultures around the world.
This exhibition on view August 8, 2019 - January 11, 2020
A celebration of freedom, the Carver's core exhibit is dedicated to the history and evolution of Juneteenth. We are proud to be the first museum in the nation to feature a permanent exhibit honoring this Texas-born day of jubilee. Through a combination of visual and interactive activities, every day is Juneteenth at the Carver Museum!
Our permanent exhibit on Austin African-American families highlights 10 families who have contributed greatly to the Central Texas landscape. From the area’s first black settlements to some of this generation’s strongest community leaders, this interactive gallery explores the history of Austin’s African-American community and allows guests to present their own family stories for all to see.
The Children’s Gallery, entitled Let’s Pretend Dr. Carver!, is a hands-on look at famous African-American scientists and inventors. Children can learn about some of history’s most creative minds while seeing that they, too, can achieve great things when they put their own minds to work. We invite all visitors to become an inventor for a day!
L.C. ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL
Our newest permanent exhibit honors Old L.C. Anderson High School and her alumnae. Anderson High School was the school that African Americans went to prior to integration in the Austin Community. This exhibit spotlights the prestige and accomplishments of the student body in sports, music, and academia through artifacts, oral histories, and yearbook imagery.
Freedom Plaza is home to the Juneteenth Memorial Sculpture Monument (which opened to the public on June 27, 2015). It is made up of 5 bronze figures that represent the story of Juneteenth and a paved timeline of the Black Presence in the Americas—from the Middle Passage to the Emancipation Proclamation that leads to the Bell of Freedom. The Juneteenth Sculptures were created by Eddie Dixon and Austin native, Adrienne Rison Isom.