Inye Wokoma: An Elegant Utility

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Northwest African American Museum (map) Central District
Wed-Sun. Through July 27

$7

Recommended by Amber Cortes

Using everyday artifacts from his grandfather’s life—a catcher’s mask, family photographs, legal ledgers, and old magazines—artist and filmmaker Inye Wokoma has created a poignant sanctuary at the Northwest African American Museum for the enduring legacy of an African American family’s daily life in Seattle’s (now almost completely gentrified) Central District. Wokoma’s work explores the complex space where ancestry, identity, and displacement meet—his piece at the Frye Art Museum last fall, This Is Who We Are, imagined a ritual where his ancestors are introduced to ancestral Duwamish tribal members. Now, with An Elegant Utility, Wokoma becomes the artist-as-ethnographer, gracefully recontextualizing his personal and family history into the larger context of structural racism, redlining, and the story of African Americans in Seattle.

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Northwest African American Museum

2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA 98144
206-518-6000
Hours: Wed-Sun
http://www.naamnw.org

Venue Hours
  • Wed-Sun
Event Times
  • Wed-Sun. Through July 27
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