Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts

The Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA) is the Museum’s home of visual culture and innovation. Through its changing exhibitions, public programs, and publications, CAAMA showcases the formation of African American history and culture through media arts, including photography, film, video, and audio recordings.

Current Exhibition

CAAMA’s gallery is located on the Museum's 2nd Floor. The gallery contains rotating media arts exhibitions. Come see our latest show!
Poster for film
01/01

Now Showing

“Now Showing: Posters from African American Movies” explores the art of movie posters, specifically examining films by black filmmakers or works featuring black performers. The exhibition is on view from November 22, 2019 – April 18, 2021.
Exhibition Website

Past Exhibitions

CAAMA programs a dynamic exhibition rotation. See our past exhibitions.
Everyday Beauty interior exhibition photo
01/02

Everyday Beauty

On view from September 24, 2016 – February 4, 2019, “Everyday Beauty: Photographs and Films from the Permanent Collection” demonstrated how people have used media arts to document African Americans’ everyday lives, as well as challenge negative perceptions, demonstrate the strength of the human spirit, and promote social reform.
Exhibition Website
Represent Logo
02/02

Represent

“Represent: Hip-Hop Photography,” on view from March 5, 2018 – November 3, 2019, highlighted images from the Museum’s Eyejammie Hip-Hop Photography Collection and paired them with historical photos and other hip-hop related-objects. These unique pairings highlighted connections between the popular art form, and its relationship to other important historical figures, social movements, and creative moments.
Exhibition Website

Public Programs

Cinema + Conversation is an ongoing free public film series celebrating African American moving images and film culture.
film poster for Of Mics and Men
01/03

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men

On May 5, 2019, the Museum hosted a screening and discussion of, Of Mics and Men, the documentary telling the story of the New York-based hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the group.
Watch Livestream
James Baldwin in crowd
02/03

I Am Not Your Negro

On February 1, 2017 the Museum hosted a post-screening discussion and an audience question and answer session for Raoul Peck’s compelling documentary I Am Not Your Negro, based on 30 pages of literary icon James Baldwin’s final and unpublished manuscript.
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Sonia Sanchez reading from one of her books of poetry
03/03

BadDDD: Sonia Sanchez Q&A

On March 3, 2017, the Museum hosted a question and answer session with legendary poet and author, Sonia Sanchez.
Watch the Q&A

Publications

“Double Exposure Series”

“Double Exposure,” a multi-volume series based on the Museum's photography collection, explores inaugural exhibition themes. Each of the seven volumes features about 50 photographs, a foreword by Founding Director Lonnie Bunch, and an essay by a topic specialist.

Volume Titles:

I. Through the African American Lens
II. Civil Rights and the Promise of Equality
III. African American Women
IV. Picturing Children
V. Fighting for Freedom
VI. Everyday Beauty
VII. Pictures with Purpose
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The power of photographs is not only the ability to depict events, but to bring human scale to those experiences.

Lonnie G. Bunch III Founding Director

The CAAMA Collection

Explore our collection of images, film, and audio.