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African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, and Beyond

Richard J. Powell and Virginia Mecklenburg

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond offers a rich vision of twentieth-century visual culture. An essay by Richard Powell sets the stage: his analyses of works by Sargent Johnson, Renée Stout, Eldzier Cortor, and Alma Thomas give the reader a rubric for considering other works that range from the Harlem Renaissance to the decades beyond the civil rights era, a period that saw tremendous social and political change. The forty-three artists included here worked in every style current during those decades, from documentary realism to abstraction, from expressionism to postmodern assemblage. They consistently touch universal themes, but they also evoke specific aspects of the African American experience—the African Diaspora, jazz, and the persistent power of religion.

Virginia Mecklenburg, curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, assembled engaging entries on the one-hundred paintings, sculptures, and photographs by forty-three black artists that comprise catalogue of this exhibition. All of the artworks in the exhibition are drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s rich collection of African American art.

 

 

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Product Details

Co-Publisher
Copublished with Rizzoli
Year Published
2012
Pages
255 pp.: Ill (167 color)
ISBN
  • Hardcover: 978-0847838905
  • Softcover: 978-0-937311-99-8
Dimensions
1012 in.

Exhibitions

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African American Art in the 20th Century
January 18, 2019January 18, 2019
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is home to one of the most significant collections of African American art in the world. Highlights from this collection are traveling to several cities across the United States in the exhibition African American Art in the 20th Century.
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African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond
April 26, 2012September 2, 2012
African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond presents a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by forty-three black artists who explored the African American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and the decades beyond, which saw tremendous social and political changes. In response, these artists created an image of America that recognizes individuals and community and acknowledges the role of art in celebrating the multivalent nature of American society.