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Johnny Coleman’s “Variation Upon a Theme: Song of the Underground Railroad” exhibit is at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art through March 9.

Exhibits highlight black history

Artist Theoplis Smith stands in front of one of his paintings, “I am the Greatest,” which is a portrait of Muhammad Ali. His work is at Wunderkammer Company.

Looking for a cool way to celebrate Black History Month? Check out two local exhibits that highlight the work of black artists and black history. Johnny Coleman’s “Variation Upon a Theme: Song of the Underground Railroad” offers visitors to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St., a multisensory experience by combining salvaged and handcrafted objects, fragrant materials and sound elements of what it was like traveling the Underground Railroad. A symposium on the exhibit will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 22. The exhibit runs through March 9.

Also on display is Theoplis Smith’s “Can You Spare Change” at the Wunderkammer Company, 3402 Fairfield Ave., through March 9. Gallery hours are 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Smith’s work is a social commentary constructed through the use of black and white paint on scraps of cardboard.

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