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Visual Art During the Harlem Renaissance

Primary Source Set

Coinciding with the Great Migration by African-Americans from the South to Northern cities, the term “Harlem Renaissance” is used to describe the thriving art, music, and literary scene in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s. This set of primary sources highlights the multi-media visual art of this era, which vibrantly celebrates African-American and African history and culture. Additionally, the visual art created by African-American artists of the Harlem Renaissance sometimes offers subtle criticism of the status of African-Americans in the United States at that time.

Additional resources for research

  1. Harlem Renaissance art, Smithsonian Institution, Digital Public Library of America.

  2. African American Department - Harlem Renaissance, Enoch Pratt Free Library.

  3. Drop Me Off in Harlem, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

  4. Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance, Institute of International Visual Arts.

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