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YONKERS, NY (CBS New York) — A local art exhibit is number one on a list of the top 20 exhibits to see in the United States.

Welcome to the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers and the exhibit titled “African American Art in the Twentieth Century.”

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The publication “Black Art in America” ​​chose the exhibition as the must-see museum exhibit dedicated to African-American art in the country.

Museum director Masha Turchinsky was blown away.

“Simply, wow. We’re talking about a mighty cavalcade of names in the American art pantheon,” she told CBS2’s Cindy Hsu.

There are 43 paintings and sculptures by 34 black artists who rose to prominence from the 1920s and the Harlem Renaissance, to the civil rights movement in the 1960s and beyond.

Jamel Robinson is the museum’s teaching artist in residence.

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“These works are beautiful and they come from a time of pain,” he said. “On that push, we got those diamonds.”

Robinson was so moved that he created a piece called “Beauty from Ashes” in response to the work he saw in the exhibit.

“It’s a life-changing experience. You enter the museum one way, you discover all these works and you leave another way,” he said.

All of the paintings and sculptures are from the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the exhibit in Yonkers is the only New York location on a national tour.

“It’s just a great moment for people to be able to come and see the collection at the Smithsonian, to know that they have the greatest collection and that part of it is here,” Robinson said.

He also says it’s an exhibit that everyone should see.

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Only five museums in the country have been chosen to show the exhibition, and it will be at the Hudson River Museum until January 16.