Evening Rendezvous

  • Norman Lewis, Evening Rendezvous, 1962, oil on linen, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1994.32

Exhibition Label

Lewis often asserted that art was not a tool for solving society’s problems, but Evening Rendezvous is a deeply political painting. The abstract dabs of white emerging from a gray twilight are hooded Klansmen, gathered around a bonfire suggested by the hot reds at the center of the image. Angular white shapes in the foreground describe men closest to the headlights of their cars, while those at the top are obscured by blue smoke. The combination of red, white, and blue mocks the patriotism that the Klan claimed as its defense.


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012

Title
Evening Rendezvous
Artist
Date
1962
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
50 1/4 x 64 1/4 in. (127.7 x 163.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on linen
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1994.32
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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