The Kruizenga Art Museum at Hope College will feature “Parallels,” scheduled in conjunction with this year’s NEA Big Read Lakeshore, from Tuesday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Dec. 16.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

“Parallels” was created to complement the 2023 Hope College NEA Big Read Lakeshore program, which is featuring “Homegoing,” by Yaa Gyasi. The novel tells the story of two related Black families, one located in Africa, and the other in America, from the time of slave trade to present day.

Inspired by the novel, “Parallels” juxtaposes six pairs of artworks by African and African American artists. These artworks reflect recurring themes from the text, including cultural pride, creativity, courage and resilience. Although the artworks within the exhibition are not historically related, they share intellectual and aesthetic resonances that amplify appreciation of both the artworks and the novel.

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The Kruizenga Art Museum is located at 271 Columbia Ave., between 10th and 13th streets. Public visiting hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission to the museum is always free.  Please visit for additional information about the museum.