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Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks

Jul 13 – Sep 10 2023

Seattle Art Museum

Special Exhibition

Soul of Black Folks is the debut solo museum exhibition for Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo (b. 1984), one of the most influential artistic voices of his generation. Working primarily in portraiture, Boafo is known for his vibrant use of color and thick, improvisational gestures created by his finger painting technique. His work is actively centered on Black subjectivity, Black joy, the Black gaze, and radical care as a foundational framework for his artistic practice. The exhibition presents over 30 works created by the artist between 2016 and 2022.

Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks is presented in partnership between Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco. The exhibition is curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah.

Presenting Sponsor
The Virginia Wright Future Fund

Lead Sponsor

Major Sponsor
Roberts Family Foundation

Generous Support
City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Black and White, 2018, Amoako Boafo, oil on paper, 39 3/8 x 27 1/2 in., Image and work courtesy private collection and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California, photo: Robert Wedemeyer.

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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