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<p>Peabody Essex Museum Features African American artists with new exhibit “In Conversation: Modern African American Art”</p>

<p>Sam Gilliam, The Petition, 1990, mixed media, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James F. Dicke Family. </p>

Peabody Essex Museum Features African American artists with new exhibit “In Conversation: Modern African American Art”

Sam Gilliam, The Petition, 1990, mixed media, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James F. Dicke Family.

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Peabody Essex Museum Features African American artists with new exhibit

The pleasures of art and its power to bear witness animate the exhibition of African American art on display through September 2 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Entitled "In Conversation: Modern African American Art," this vibrant sampling of a century’s worth of art presents more than 100 paintings, photographs and sculpture by 43 African American artists who came of age between the early 1900s and the late 1990s.