Visual Art

Visual artists of the Harlem Renaissance attempted to win control over representation of their people from white caricature and denigration while developing a new repertoire of images. Prior to World War I, black painters and sculptors had rarely concerned themselves with African American subject matter. By the end of the 1920s, however, black artists had begun developing styles related to black aesthetic traditions of Africa or to folk art. Meta Warrick Fuller anticipated this development with her sculpture Ethiopia Awakening (1914). Appearing from a distance like a piece of Egyptian funerary sculpture, it depicts a black woman wrapped like a mummy from the waist down. But her upper torso aspires upward, suggesting rebirth from a long sleep. In the 1920s, as African art became better known in Western art circles, West African cultural models gained importance for black American artists. The signature artist of the renaissance was Aaron Douglas.  -From

Beverly Arts Center presents
Harlem Renaissance: Rising Up
January 15-February 19

An exhibit of local artists whose work celebrates black culture, pride, race relations, and historic and current social issues. This exhibit will give a glimpse into the themes of the Harlem Renaissance and the Great Migration, times of significant and prolific artistic and literary blossoming for African American people. Works by Gerald Griffin, Candace Hunter, Joyce Owens, and Raub Welch; and the women of the Sapphire & Crystals artist collective: Felicia Grant-Preston, Juarez Hawkins, Patricia Stewart, Shirley Sullivan, and Trish Williams.

Sunday, January 15: Opening Reception, 2–4pm
The BAC’s Jack Simmerling Gallery will be illuminated with a candle-lit altar shrine during the Opening Reception in honor of Josephine Baker. Includes art-inspired poetry performances by Clissold School art student.