Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist

May 9, 2008 – August 3, 2008

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, Northwest, Granite Gallery Floor Plan

On view are more than 80 rarely seen works by Aaron Douglas (1899-1979) -- one of the foremost visual artists from the Harlem Renaissance -- including paintings, prints, drawings, and illustrations, in addition to works by several of his contemporaries. Douglas combined angular cubist rhythms and a seductive Art Deco dynamism with traditional African and African American imagery to develop a radically new visual vocabulary; his art made a lasting impression on American modernism.