African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond

This exhibition presents a selection of works by 43 black artists who lived through the tremendous changes of the 20th Century. In paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs, these artists embraced themes both universal and specific to the African American experience, including the exploration of identity, the struggle for equality, the power of music and the beauties and hardships of life in rural and urban America. The 100 works on view are drawn entirely from the Smithsonian’s rich collection of African American Art, the largest and finest in the U.S., with more than half of the works exhibited for the first time.