The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties

September 15, 1985 – December 31, 1986

Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, DC

Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, 2405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE Floor Plan

This exhibit showcases the flowering of literary, visual, performance, and cinematic creativity generated by black artists between the end of World War I and the early days of the Great Depression. Objects on view include historic photographs, original sheet music, jazz-band instruments, and recordings; images of poets and authors and samples of their works; examples of painting and sculpture along with period exhibition catalogs; spirituals, folk melodies, and road songs; books and articles on African art; and playbills, programs, and photographs of theatrical artists.

An audio-visual presentation traces the development of musical revues while a 20-minute narrated presentation, devoted to black films of the period, includes excerpts of notable productions.

Represented is the creativity of Marian Anderson, Richard Barthe, Countee Cullen, Aaron Douglas, Duke Ellington, Meta Warrick Fuller, Roland Hayes, Zora Neale Hurston, Malvin Gray Johnson, Alain Locke, "Jelly Roll" Morton, Paul Robeson, George Schuyler, and Wallace Thurman, among others.