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Meet: Augusta Savage, a sculptor who overcame the objections of her father (a Methodist minister opposed to graven images), lack of funding, and racism to become a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance, the founder of several art schools and an educator of many students including Jacob Lawrence.
Augusta Savage with her sculpture Realization, circa 1938 / Andrew Herman, photographer. Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Meet: Bob Thompson, a painter who reimagined the Old Masters for the 1960s, a Jazz aficionado, and a participant in some of the earliest Happenings in New York.
Bob Thompson in the garden of the Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, 1965 / Dorothy Beskind, photographer. Bob Thompson papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Meet Ellis Wilson: born in Mayfield, Kentucky, in a black neighborhood known as “the Bottom,” studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and won a Guggenheim Fellowship which allowed him to travel through the South painting portrayals of African Americans in their daily lives. Children of the ’80s may recognize his painting The Funeral Procession because it hung in the Huxtables’ living room on The Cosby Show.
Artist Hale Woodruff bolsters his argument with a quote from Ralph Ellison, who would have turned 100 today.
Oral history interview with Hale Woodruff, 1968 Nov. 18(via archivesofamericanart)
In 1972, Alma Thomas became the first African-American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney.
It’s #museumselfie day today!
This weekend at the Biennial, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? debuts a new film. The spoken, chanted, sung, and screamed libretto explores the consequences of centuries of global racial strife that are thrust upon on those born of African descent.
HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera, 2014. Video, color, sound; 54 minutes. Collection of the artists. © HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?
Trenton Doyle Hancock, Vegan Arm, 2006, Urethane, steel, string, 84 X 108 X 9”, Edition of 3.