“Nordic Utopia? African Americans in the 20th Century”

This April, African American Studies Professor Dr. Ethelene Whitmire guest curated “Nordic Utopia? African Americans in the 20th Century” with Leslie Anne Anderson, Chief Curator, at the National Nordic Museum. The exhibit was inspired by Whitmire’s research in Denmark.

“Nordic Utopia? African Americans in the 20th Century illuminates the untold story of African American visual and performing artists, such as Doug Crutchfield, Herb Gentry, Dexter Gordon, William Henry Johnson, Howard Smith, and Walter Williams, who sought new possibilities, inspiration, and environments in the Nordic countries as an alternative to Paris. This exhibition is the first comprehensive examination of this topic.”

The exhibition is organized by the National Nordic Museum in Seattle. “Nordic Utopia?” will be installed at UW-Madison’s Chazen Museum in August of 2024 through November 2024 before moving to New York City and the American Scandinavian Foundation at the end of 2024.

Congratulations, Ethelene!