By Deborah Bailey
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is currently displaying the work of DC native and world-renowned artist, Elizabeth Catlett (19151-2012). The acclaimed 20th-century sculptor and graphic artist now has three of her best-known depictions of the Black American Experience inside the museum.
Three 5–foot tall sculptures — “Offering Education,” “Offering Life,” and “Rejecting Injustice” — are now on display at the NMAAHC long term as visitors enter the museum through Heritage Hall.
The installation of these sculptures symbolizes motherhood, and the dignity, struggle, and uplifting of African Americans. The display of Catlett’s work is just one of many ways in which NMAAHC celebrated the close of Women’s History Month, in addition to amplifying stories through its Hidden Herstory initiative.