The architect behind the National Museum of African-American History and Culture will lead the planning of the exhibits that will be housed at Barack Obama’s presidential library, The Obama Foundation announced Tuesday.
Ralph Appelbaum Associates will be in charge of a team that includes several Chicago-based firms that will design the historic building’s exhibition spaces.
The New York-based firm’s work is among the most well-known in the country, including the National Museum of African-American History and Culture and the Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
“We are honored to lead this incredible exhibition design team and to collaborate with the Obama Foundation to help develop a presidential center that reflects the dynamism and openness of the Obama presidency and encourages and supports civic engagement,” founder Ralph Appelbaum told dnainfo.
South Side artist Amanda Williams will help with the library. She is known for her “Color(ed) Theory” project, one that included the painting of vacant house vibrant colors in Englewood.
“Obviously, it is a tremendous honor to participate in a project that will resonate locally and globally,” Williams said. “As someone who was raised on the South Side, it brings my childhood aspirations for what is possible for my community full circle.”