African-American-History-through-Art School...

African-American-History-through-Art School Exhibition

February is Black History Month in the USA and Canada. It is celebrated in October in the UK. It is a time to remember important events and people in the history of the African diaspora.

The Color Line exhibition, which was on display from October 5th 2016 to January 15th 2017 at Musée du Quai Branly, looked back on a century and a half of African-American history through 200 artworks and highlighted the richness and diversity of this artistic creation.

Because we could not take a guided tour of the exhibition as a school group, we decided to bring culture alive here at Rabelais ! Students were encouraged to go and visit the exhibition at Musée du Quai Branly by themselves in order to complete and put into perspective their coursework (from slavery to Obama through art) and the documents studied in class.

Then we worked to set up our own exhibition here at Rabelais, in the halls and corridors of the school, so that all the students (and school staff) could take a virtual tour of African-American history through art for Black History Month.

With that aim in view, the students chose some artworks related to African-American history and recorded audioguides that were uploaded on a blog dedicated to this project 

They created posters presenting the selected artworks and featuring pictures or a timeline of African-American history on which they positioned the selected artworks. Then they added QR codes that they generated to provide access to the audio guides.

So go and take a tour of our Colour Line virtual exhibition and listen to the recorded presentations on your smartphones !