Cultural Expressions is a circular, experiential, introductory space to African American and African diaspora culture.

The exhibition introduces visitors to the broad concept of African American and African diaspora culture and five ways through which that culture is expressed. The outer ring focuses on African American culture, while the inner ring displays examples of culture from other parts of the African Diaspora. A third overhead mixed-media space, Cultural Commons, is composed of large, moving, iconic images that reinforce and amplify the exhibitions themes, stories, and people profiled on the entire 4th floor, which includes three other culture exhibitions.

The five forms of expression presented in Cultural Expressions are Style: Image and Identity; Foodways: Culture and Cuisine; Artistry: Craftsmanship and Creativity; Language: The Power of the Word; and Movement: Gesture and Social Dance.