African American Art

Harlem Renaissance
Museums and Exhibits

See also: African, Ethnic and Regional, North American


The Art Institute of Chicago: African American Art
An introduction to African American achievements in visual art from the Civil War era to the present day.

African Americans in the Visual Arts
A historical perspective from Long Island University, includes African influences, the Harlem Renaissance, museums, and notable artists.

PBS: African American World: Arts & Culture
African Americans of the American art scene from the pre–Civil War years to modern times.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: African American History and Culture
Museums, research, publications, images, collections, and more.

Wikipedia: African American Art
Includes lists of African American artists, and several articles about African American art, movements, and culture.

The African-American Mosaic
A Library of Congress resource guide for the study of black history and culture.

The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship
African American collections at the Library of Congress, includes maps, books, music, documents, films, and plays.

Museums and Exhibits

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Anacostia Community Museum
Explores creative expression, society, and history from an African American perspective.

The African Museum of Philadelphia
Celebrates and interprets the contributions and works of African Americans.

The California African American Museum presents collection of nineteenth century academic and naturalistic landscape paintings, modern and contemporary art, contemporary art from the African Diaspora, as well as traditional African art.

African American Museum, Dallas Texas
Researches, presents and preserves visual art forms and historical documents related to the African American community.

The National Center of Afro American Artists
Historical and contemporary exhibitions of black visual arts including painting, sculpture, graphics, photography and decorative arts.

NGA: Selected African American Artists
An online gallery of works with descriptions and bibliographies.

Studio Museum Harlem
Focuses on contemporary art by artists of African descent.

John H. White: Portrait of Black Chicago
Images of 1970s Chicago with special focus on the African American community by Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer John H. White.

Harlem Renaissance

Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance
Provides an introduction to the exhibition curated by David A. Bailey and Richard J. Powell and organised by the Hayward Gallery in collaboration with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Institute of International Visual Arts. The site combines images and text to elaborate on some of the key themes in the exhibition.

A Guide to Harlem Renaissance Materials
A guide presented by The Library of Congress that includes resources and links to sites on the writing, music, and art of the Harlem Renaissance.

ArtCyclopedia: The Harlem Renaissance
Chronological listing of Harlem Renaissance artists with links to museums and websites where their works can be viewed.

Drop Me Off in Harlem
Explores the unique creative and intellectual intersections of the Harlem Renaissance.

Yahoo: Harlem Renaissance Artists
Collection of links and information about important artists from this movement.


ArtCyclopedia: African-American Artists
Links to museums and public art galleries where important African American works can be viewed.

Smithsonian Achives
A guide including over 150 collections of African American sculptors, painters, and printmakers from the end of the19th century to the present.

Yale New Haven Teachers Institute
Information for seven famous African-American masters by Maxine E. Davis.

AIC: African-American Artists
View around 274 images of paintings, sculptures, and prints dating from the Civil War era to the Harlem Renaissance in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Yahoo: African American Artists
Lists of links to resources for important African American artists.

Wikipedia: African American Artists
List of important artists, each entry includes an encyclopedic article, most have images.

Jean-Michel Basquiat
An interactive site featuring the work of Jean-Michel Basquait at the Brooklyn Museum.

Aaron Douglas
Information about the American painter who was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

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