Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) is pleased to present the exhibition “Africa on my Mind: The Art of Malick Sidibe and Leslie Wayne”, featuring over 40 pieces from the renowned Sidibe’s collection of post-colonial African portraits as well as 13 of Wayne’s colorful cloths.

From April 28th to July 1st, visitors will be able to enjoy Sidibe’s iconic black and white portraits that vibrate with the energy that emerged off the cusp of Malian independence and the post-independence period of modernization in his homeland. In contrast to Sidibe’s work, Leslie Wayne’s colorful African influenced cloth rags will be on display. The work is made of layers of oil paint, allowing each piece to uniquely settle into multiple forms, with a varied approach to color, texture and design.

According to HMAAC CEO John Guess, Jr., “I cannot thank the Jack Shainman Gallery for its assistance inhelping HMAAC bring this work of the renowned Malick Sidibe and Leslie Wayne for viewing in Houston. I’mexcited that the museum will allow us to focus on Africa.”

Wayne will host an artist talk at HMAAC Saturday, April 28 th at 2pm to discuss her inspirations and give insight into her process. This artist talk coincides with the Houston Museum District Zone 2 experience, which HMAAC is proud to be a part of. Africa On My Mind will include a scholarly review of the African cultural scene as well as programming featuring African music and fashion. Sponsors of the exhibit include HEB, Houston First Corporation, the Nigerian American Multicultural Center and the Board of Directors of the Houston Museum of African American Culture.


About Malick Sidibe

Sidibé was born in Mali in 1936, where he was based.  His work has been exhibited extensively. Sidibé has work in numerous public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Getty Museum, California, the Brooklyn Museum, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland, the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. He was awarded the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement (2008), the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award by the Board of La Biennale di Venezia (2007) when he was included in Think with the Senses Feel with the Mind, curated by Robert Storr at the 52nd Annual Venice Biennale, and the Hasselblad Award (2003).

About Leslie Wayne

Leslie Wayne received her BFA in sculpture from Parsons School of Design and her MFA in painting from University of California, Santa Barbara. Her works have been featured in solo exhibitions at a number of galleries internationally including Jack Shainman Gallery (New York, NY), Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (Charleston, SC), Galerie Doris Wullkopf (Darmstadt, Germany), L.A. Louver Gallery (Venice, CA), Byron Cohen Gallery (Kansas City, MO), Haines Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Galeria Leyendecker (Santa Cruz de Tenerif, Spain), Galerie Bugdahn and Kaimer (Dusseldorf, Germany). Wayne has also exhibited pieces at institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY) and the New Museum for Contemporary Art (New York, NY). She has received the Buhl Foundation Award for abstract photography and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation artist’s grant. The artist currently lives and works in New York.


The mission of HMAAC is to collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the material and intellectual culture of Africans and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest and the African Diaspora for current and future generations. In fulfilling its mission, HMAAC seeks to invite and engage visitors of every race and background and to inspire children of all ages through discovery-driven learning. HMAAC is to be a museum for all people. While our focus is the African American experience, our story informs and includes not only people of color, but people of all colors. As a result, the stories and exhibitions that HMAAC will bring to Texas are about the indisputable fact that while our experience is a unique one, it has been impacted by and has impacted numerous races, genders and ethnicities.