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

April 27, 2012 – September 3, 2012

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

1st Floor, West Floor Plan

Drawn from the museums' permament collection are 100 artworks—paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs—by 43 black artists who explored the African American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and beyond, decades that saw tremendous change in African American life. Included are paintings by Benny Andrews, Jacob Lawrence, and Lois Mailou Jones, and photographs by Roy deCarava, Gordon Parks, Roland Freeman, and Marilyn Nance, More than half the artworks are on view at the museum for the first time, and 10 works are recent acquisitions.