Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor

September 28, 2018 – March 17, 2019

Bill Traylor, Man on Crutch and Woman with Umbrella, ca. 1939-1942, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

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

1st Floor, West Floor Plan

Bill Traylor (1853/54-1949) is one of the most celebrated American self-taught artists. His drawn and painted imagery embodies the crossroads of multiple worlds: black and white, rural and urban, old and new. His life—which spanned slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Great Migration and foreshadowed the era of Civil Rights—offers a rare perspective to the larger story of America. This exhibition is the first retrospective ever organized for an artist born into slavery and the most comprehensive look at the Traylor’s work to date.