The Crocker Art Museum presents African-American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond from June 29 through September 21, 2014. The exhibition draws from the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection and includes 100 sculptures, paintings and photographs by African-American artists from the 1920s through the 1990s.
As the only West Coast venue, 48 artists are represented in the exhibit including Alma Thomas, Benny Andrews, Jacob Lawrence, Loïs Mailou Jones, Gordon Parks,Sam Gilliam and William H. Johnson, and more currently Roland L. Freeman to name a few.
The 20th century was a time of great change in America, with many social, cultural and political movements defining the period such as the sociocultural Harlem Renaissance, racial equality and civil rights movement. Rooted in African-American communities like Harlem, Baltimore and the Bronx, black artists explored not only their neighbors and community’s identity, but also