By SAM RAPPAPORT
The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., announced, March, 23, that it is beginning a collaborative partnership with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The museum’s recently granted “Smithsonian Affiliation” will allow DuSable to borrow Smithsonian artifacts and access traveling exhibits. The partnership will also provide the Smithsonian with access to DuSable’s rarely seen paintings and sculptures.
DuSable President and CEO Perri Irmer applauded the partnership, which she said would offer the Hyde Park museum global recognition.
“With Affiliate status, DuSable will bring the Smithsonian to the community and DuSable to the world,” Irmer said. “The partnership will also expose the museum’s Masterworks Collection to a broader audience by giving the work and the artists international exposure.”
With the partnership, Dusable will also be able to offer Smithsonian memberships at discounted rates to its members.
Irmer said, “Now members of the DuSable museum will gain access to more than 200 institutions worldwide.”
DuSable is Chicago’s second institution to gain Smithsonian Affiliate status, the first being the Adler Planetarium.
Over 200 Smithsonian Affiliate organizations exist across 45 states, Puerto Rico and Panama. Including the DuSable, there are now six affiliates in Illinois.