"Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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  • Bill Traylor (ca. 1853–1949) is regarded today as one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century. A black man born into slavery in Alabama, he was an eyewitness to history: the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, the Great Migration, and the steady rise of African American urban culture in the South. Listen to Leslie Umberger, curator for Folk and Self-Taught Art, talk about "Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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