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Revisiting the Harlem Renaissance

Visual Arts and Black Design
Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:30 PM Online
Richmond Barthé's Exodus and Dance frieze at Kingsborough Houses, photograph by Margaret Vendryes
In 1940, Alain Locke dedicated The Negro in Art to his mother “in gratitude for a sense of beauty that included our racial own.” The New Negro movement in the visual arts, which he had been advancing for more than a decade, revealed Locke’s particular views of the role African and African American art played in a burgeoning catharsis of consciousness and respect for Black life. Following a presentation on Locke’s pursuit of this agenda with such artists as Richmond Barthé, Aaron Douglas, and Augusta Savage, Jeffrey C. Stewart is joined by artist and art historian Margaret Rose Vendryes to discuss the challenges artists faced in furthering Locke’s aesthetic philosophy, and its resonance with today’s Black and queer visual artists.

Other Revisiting the Harlem Renaissance course dates: April 22, April 29, and May 13, 2021.

Part of: Voices of Hope

Individual Sessions:
$25 (general public); $20 (seniors, students, educators); $15 (museum members)

Entire Series:
$90 (general public); $75 (seniors, students, educators); $55 (museum members)

Performers

Jeffrey C. Stewart
Margaret Rose Vendryes

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