Oh Freedom! Teaching Art and the Civil Rights Movement

Artwork Image
Evening Rendezvous 1994.32

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

Oh Freedom! is an interdisciplinary resource that helps K–12 teachers and students discover the history, influence, and legacy of the Civil Rights movement by exploring more than three dozen artworks from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

This resource can be navigated by artwork and time period or by artist. Each artwork is accompanied by close-looking questions, information about the work’s historical and artistic contexts, the artist’s biography, and a selection of related artworks and objects from the wider collections of the Smithsonian Institution.