"African American Art" online information
apart from TFAO's Resource Library articles and essays
with an emphasis on representational art
Note: Online information apart from TFAO's Resource Library articles and essays will soon be reorganized into sub-topics including:
African American post-Civil War Art
Harlem Renaissance Art of 1920s and 1930s
Post-Harlem Renaissance Art of the 20th Century
African-American 21st Century Art
African Americans in the Visual Arts: A Historical Perspective was a 1996 exhibit at the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, Long Island University, which says: "This exhibit tells the story of the African-American artists' quest for creative recognition in their chosen art forms. The story follows these artists via their early exposure to European art and genre paintings and respectfully following these rules in their learned crafts. Later, there is a fusion shown, using the European, African, and American cultural context in these artists' works. The exhibit is a visual presentation, along with historical text covering the early and recent achievements of these artists involved in the Visual Arts. " Accessed 12/16
African-American Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964 from Brandeis University Libraries. Accessed July, 2015.
African Americans: Seeing and Seen, 1766 - 1916, an exhibit held April 8, 2010 - May 30, 2010 at the Danforth Museum of Art. Includes essay Tess Sol Schwab. Accessed 9/14.
"After Tanner: African American Artists since 1948 at PAFA" by Andrea Kirsh, April 13, 2012, from theartblog.org. Accessed July, 2015.
Art in the Atrium: Kerry James Marshall an exhibit held September 20, 2014 - February 26, 2009 - October 11, 2011 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Includes videos. Accessed July, 2015.
Bill Walker: Urban Griot is a 2017 exhibit at the Hyde Park Art Center which says: "Bold, vibrant and graphic, the works on paper and small paintings show imagery of problems that Chicago and other urban American cities faced during the artist's lifetime that are still unresolved today-homelessness, bigotry, poverty, and hunger." Accessed 12/17
Black American Artists from AskArt.com. Accessed July, 2015.
Carrie Mae Weems: Newcomb Art gallery, Tulane University April, 2004 by Ellen Berkovitch. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
The Chemistry of Color: The Sorgenti Collection of Contemporary African-American Art, an exhibit held August 21-November 1, 2009 at the Taft Museum of Art. Includes Portico article. Accessed April, 2015.
"Creating a Place for Ourselves: The Rise of Humbert L. Howard, Black Art, and the Pyramid Club" by Bettye Collier-Thomas, from thegalleriesatmoore.org. (to read this essay scroll down page to book titled Humbert Howard: Philadelphia Painter, then click on link to essay). [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
Dean Mitchell: Space, People & Places, an exhibit held November 26, 2010 - March 6, 2011 at the Canton Museum of Art. Includes link to magazine article and link to Special PBS Program by Western Reserve Public Media, featuring an online video [26:30]. Aired: 12/19/2010. Accessed June, 2014
Dox Thrash: An African American Master Printmaker Rediscovered from Philadelphia Museum of Art. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
East of Harlem - Reviews - African American artists in early 20th-century Paris, France - Book Review, Winter, 2002 by Jennifer Marshall from Art Journal. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
The Essential Elijah Pierce, an exhibit held February 1 - March 16, 2014 at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Includes press release. Accessed December, 2015.
Explore History in Art section of Oh Freedom mini-website presented by Smithsonian American Art Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The site is dedicated to teaching African American civil rights through American art at the Smithsonian. Accessed January, 2016.
Eldzier Cortor Coming Home: Recent Gifts to the Art Institute, an exhibit held February 21, 2015 - May 31, 2015 at the Art Institute of Chicago. Includes 5-minute video. Accessed January, 2016
Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker's Tales of Slavery and Power was a 2014 exhibit at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon whcih says: "Though mainly celebrated for her provocative installations, composed of cut-paper silhouettes, Walker's work in other media is equally strong and expands on the many powerful themes and questions of her practice. Drawn from Jordan Schnitzer's collection, the exhibition includes several of Walker's large-scale print series, cut-steel sculptures, a wall painting, and a video." See gallery guide in article and YouTube video separately online.. Accessed 1/17
Faith Ringgold, official website. Accessed July, 2015.
Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop, an exhibit held Oct. 27 - Jan. 20, 2013 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Includes six videos, plus press coverage. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
Gallery 32 and Its Circle: Los Angeles' African American Art Community in the 1960s and '70s, an exhibit held January 24 - March 22, 2009 at the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University. Includes media reviews. Accessed February, 2015
Gordon Parks - Segregation Story is an exhibit held October 1 - December 11, 2016 at the Columbus Museum - Georgia. The museum says: "Guest curated by Columbus Staten University students, Gordon Parks - Segregation Story features 12 photographs from "The Restraints," now in the collection of the Do Good Fund, a Columbus-based nonprofit that lends its collection of contemporary Southern photography to a variety of museums, nonprofit galleries, and non-traditional venues....One of the most important photographers of the 20th century, Gordon Parks documented contemporary society, focusing on poverty, urban life, and civil rights." Accessed August, 2016.
Go Tell It On The Mountain, an exhibit held October 4, 2012 to June 30, 2013 at the California African American Museum. Accessed May, 2014
Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art, an exhibit about basket makers in South Carolina's Gullah/Geechee region, held October 4, 2009 to January 10, 2010 at the Fowler Museum / UCLA. Includes press release. Accessed December, 2015.
Guide to African American Artists from Archives of American Art. Accessed July, 2015.
Harlem Renaissance, an exhibit held February 5 - April 19, 2009 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Includes resource guide and bibliography. Accessed April, 2015
The Harlem Renaissance from Artcyclopedia.com. Accessed July, 2015.
The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper, an exhibit held July 11, 2013 to September 15, 2013 at the California African American Museum. Accessed May, 2014
"Harriet Powers" article describing the art of this early American quilter, from Early Women Masters. Accessed January, 2016.
The Highwaymen, a group of Florida-based African American landscape artists, from Wikipedia
Howard University Gallery of Art website which contains images of works in its collection. Accessed July, 2015.
In Conversation: Modern African American Art, an exhibit held June 1, 2013 to September 2, 2013 at the Peabody Essex Museum. Includes press release and media coverage. Accessed April, 2015.
Jean-Michel Basquiat from the Brooklyn Museum. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
Leo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel is a 2017 exhibit at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University which says: "In the 11 months that followed the 2015 murders at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, artist Leo Twiggs painted as a cathartic means of processing the event and responding to the what he described as "the state's most humane moment." " Also see artist's website Accessed 11/17
List of links pages for African American Artists, from Artcyclopedia. Accessed July, 2015.
Louisiana Art from the Encyclopedia of Louisiana, a project of Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, contains "Free Black Artists, Antebellum New Orleans" Accessed July, 2015.
Making Connections: The Art and Life of Herbert Gentry, an exhibit held January, 2014 at the Boston University Art Gallery. Accessed July, 2015.
More Than You Know, Works of Whitfield Lovell, an exhibit January 28 - May 1, 2011 at the Smith College Museum of Art. Accessed April, 2015.
Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection from the Art Gallery, University of Maryland. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
Negro Art in America by Albert C. Barnes, from the University of Virginia. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
Negro Art in America by Albert C. Barnes, 1925, from ExplorePAhistory.com. Accessed July, 2015.
NOMAD (Narrative Odyssey Manifesting Artistic Dreams) is a five-day residency and an assemblage workshop led by artist Dominique Moody at the California African American Museum from December 1 through December 5, 2015. CAAM says "The Nomad is built on a tandem wheeled trailer and measures 8' W x 20' L, and its height from the ground to its gabled roof is 12' 6"H. The total weight is 6,350 lbs. Materials consist of wood, corrugated and patinated metal, reclaimed wood, found objects, galvanized metal, polycarbonate panels, end grain plywood, and natural cork. At 120 square feet, the Nomad has a capacity for only 6 people at a time, but it has been toured by as many as 200 people at a single event." Accessed February, 2016.
Papers of African American Artists from Archives of American Art. Accessed July, 2015.
From PBS online archive of individual segments from NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, November 28, 2003 transcript on contemporary artist Kerry James Marshall's keen sense of history. Accessed May, 2015.
Perceptions of Black: African American Art and the Visual Arts Movement from the University of Virginia. Accessed July, 2015.
Pioneering Cartoonists of Color from 999inks.co.uk. Incudes information on African American cartoonists. Accessed May, 2014
PORTRAYING AFRICAN AMERICANS WITH RESPECT, an exhibit held May 1 through June 10, 2012 at the Cahoon Museum of American Art. Accessed May, 2014
Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection is a 2012 exhibit at the California African American Museum which says: "Black artists have long struggled for inclusion in society's marketplace of art. Until recently, art history curriculums and literature did not give adequate recognition to African American artists. We applaud Arthur Primas for acknowledging their significant creativity, achievements and contribution to the history of American Art." Also see info from Landau Traveling Exhibitions, exhibit organizer. Accessed 2/17
Racial Violence and Resilience: Questions and Currents in African American Art is a 2016 exhibit at the Ackland Art Museum which says: "The selection addresses pressing debates that have reverberated across campus and the nation this year, focusing on three interrelated themes: representations of racial violence, resilience, and the role of religious faith as both a justification for violence and a source of resistance." Accessed 2/17
Reflections : African American Life from the Myrna Colley - Lee Collection is an exhibit held October 23, 2016 - January 15, 2017.
Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance from Institute of International Visual Arts (Invia). Accessed July, 2015.
Seven Famous African-American Masters of American Art by Maxine E. Davis, from Duke University. Accessed July, 2015.
Souls Grown Deep Foundation documents, researches, preserves, and exhibits the work of self-taught African American artists of the American South. Accessed July, 2015.
Spoken: Portraits in Black was a 2016 exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art, which says: "With Spoken: Portraits in Black, the CMA is highlighting the power and tradition of the portrait as meaningful genre with a nod to the dynamic contributions by African-American artists." Consulting Curator Porchia Moore comments on the exhibit in a 1 min video. Accessed 10/16
30 Americans - Masterpieces of Contemporary African-American Art, an exhibit held March 16 - July 15, 2012 at the Chrysler Museum of Art. Incluides information on artists and links to media reviews. Accessed July, 2014.
Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art, January 30, 2011 - March 28, 2011 from Georgia Museum of Art. Accessed 3/14
Urban Totems: The Communal Spirit of Black Murals by Michael D. Harris. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
Whitfield Lovell: Deep River, an exhibit held May 18 - October 13, 2013 at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Accessed February, 2015.
William H. Johnson: An American Modern, February 16, 2013 - May 12, 2013 from Georgia Museum of Art. Accessed 3/14
Wikipedia has an African-American art page which lists numerous African American artists.
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