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.
The CAAMA gallery is located on the Museum’s 2nd floor and contains rotating temporary media arts exhibitions.
CAAMA holds the largest collection of objects in the museum, including more than 25,000 photographs and time-based media such as film, video, and audio recordings.
CAAMA’s most recent exhibition, Now Showing: Posters from African American Movies, was on view from November 22, 2019 – December 5, 2021.
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 – December 5, 2021.
CAAMA hosts a variety of ongoing public programs celebrating and exploring African American media arts including screenings, the Cinema + Conversation film series, the Smithsonian African American Film Festival, and symposia.
Cinema + Conversation
Great Migration Home Movie Project
Smithsonian African American Film Festival
“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.
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
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.