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Affiliate Mennello Museum of American Art
Event African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond
Start Date 2/1/2013
End Date 4/28/2013
Location Orlando, FL
"African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond" presents a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by 43 black artists who explored the African American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and the decades beyond, which saw tremendous social and political changes. In response, these artists created an image of America that recognizes individuals and community and acknowledges the role of art in celebrating the multivalent nature of American society. The artworks in the exhibition lay out a vision of America from an African American viewpoint. These artists embrace many universal themes and also evoke specific aspects of the African American experience-the African Diaspora, jazz, and the persistent power of religion. All 100 artworks in the exhibition are drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's rich collection of African American art. More than half of the featured works are being exhibited by the museum for the first time, and ten works are recent acquisitions. The exhibition includes fifty-four photographs, which are incorporated into the display while also organizing the exhibition thematically. Individual object labels connect the artists and their works with the artistic, social, and contextual factors that shaped their creation. The exhibition is organized by Virginia Mecklenburg, senior curator
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