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Aaron Bryant '82


Aaron Bryant continues in his role as Curator of Photography, Visual Culture, and Contemporary History at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Aaron is responsible for leading the vision and strategies for object acquisitions and conservation for four museum collections, including photography, visual culture, social justice, and the more than four million images in the Johnson Publishing Company Archives. Aaron’s Smithsonian exhibitions include “More Than A Picture: Selections from the Museum’s Photography Collection,” “City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign,” “City of Hope” poster exhibition, “Solidarity Now!” traveling exhibition, “Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience,” and “Poets, Prophets & Picture-Makers: Religion, Memory & Johnson Publishing Photography.” In addition, the Gilman Alumni News email of October 2023 featured Aaron: “Aaron Bryant ’82, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, is a panelist for the Black Curators Matter Oral History Project, a dialogue series of Black visual art curators who have made a big impact across the arts and cultural world.”


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