African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond
JUNE 29 – SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
This exhibition of works seldom seen outside the Smithsonian presents 100 paintings, sculptures, and photographs by African American artists, drawn from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Crocker Art Museum is the only West Coast venue for this stunning survey of African American visual heritage, its rich sources, and future directions. The 48 featured artists include not only icons of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance but lauded figures of the 20th century's major artistic movements. Included are such artists as William H. Johnson, Alma Thomas, Jacob Lawrence, Sam Gilliam, as well as assemblage artist Renee Stout. Depicted in these works are the many and varied concerns of the 20th century before, during, and after the Civil Rights movement.
Image credit: Allan Rohan Crite, School's Out, 1936, oil. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from The Museum of Modern Art.