Since 90 percent of the works at this museum are in touring exhibitions, you never know exactly what you'll see. That being said, recent video art shows have been dazzling, including the early 2014 exhibit focusing on African American men talking about the issues that confront them on a daily basis. The more traditional pieces were less impressive, but as I said, the offerings change every few months. And since this is one of the few museums tackling the topic of African-American culture from an artistic rather than a historic viewpoint, it's usually worth a visit. Interestingly, the building's architects were chosen through a design contest, which was won by the Freelon Group of Architects. Harvey Gantt, Charlotte's first African-American mayor and also an architect, entered the contest, but his design wasn’t chosen.