Have you ever wondered who is responsible for curating the exhibits at the National Museum of African American History and Culture? The answer lies with Dr. Rex Ellis, the Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs.
Dr. Rex Ellis:
Dr. Rex Ellis has been with the Smithsonian Institution since 1979 and has served as the Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs for the National Museum of African American History and Culture since 2015. He is responsible for overseeing the museum’s collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.
The Role of a Curator:
A curator is responsible for selecting, organizing, and presenting art or artifacts in a museum or gallery. They work closely with artists, historians, educators, and other museum staff to create exhibits that engage visitors and tell a story.
At the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Dr. Ellis works to ensure that each exhibit reflects the experiences, contributions, and struggles of African Americans throughout history. He believes that museums have a responsibility to provide an accurate representation of history while also inspiring visitors to think critically about current social issues.
Curating Exhibits at NMAAHC:
Since joining NMAAHC in 2015, Dr. Ellis has curated several groundbreaking exhibits. One such exhibit is “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture,” which explores Oprah Winfrey’s impact on American culture through various artifacts from her show.
Another notable exhibit curated by Dr. Ellis is “More Than a Picture,” which features photographs from NMAAHC’s collection that depict moments in African American history from slavery to present-day events like Black Lives Matter protests.
In conclusion, Dr. Rex Ellis plays a crucial role as an Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. His work ensures that each exhibit tells an engaging and accurate story of African Americans throughout history. Through his leadership and expertise, the museum continues to be a vital resource for anyone interested in learning about African American history and culture.