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Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance

November 22, 1998 - February 14, 1999

Caroline Wiess Law Building


Long regarded by scholars as a key period of African-American art history, the Harlem Renaissance remains one of the most fascinating periods of twentieth-century culture. The migration of black families from the rural south to the urban north, the subsequent concentration of African-American artists in New York City, and the unique exchanges between the African-American, Anglo American, and European cultural communities are some of the defining characteristics of this unique cultural era.

It is this artistic and social exchange between distinct communities as well as the expression of the visual arts, music, dance, film, and graphics through the African Diaspora that distinguishes this exhibition. The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Richard J. Powell, Duke University, and David A. Bailey, University of East London. Rhapsodies in Black is organized by the Hayward Gallery in London, in collaboration with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Institute of International Visual Arts, London. Rhapsodies in Black is curated locally by Dr. Alvia J. Wardiaw, curator of twentieth-century art at the MFAH.

Top to bottom: Aaron Douglas, Aspiration, 1936, oil on canvas, 152.4 x 152.6 cm, The Fine Arts Museumof San Francisco, Museum purchase; Winold Reiss, Harlem Girl I, c. 1925, pencil, charcoal and pastels on heavy illustration board, 55.5 x 37.8 cm, Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia, gift of Mr. W. Tjark Reiss.


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