Works by African American Artists from the Collection

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In artist Kara Walker's cut-paper silhouettes, troubling narratives of violence, lust, and exoticism play out. Her work draws upon imagery common in the antebellum South and is controversial for its use of racial stereotypes of both blacks and whites. Walker focuses on the role of stereotypes in shaping history and their complex function in American race relations today. Kara Walker, "Roots and Links, Inc.," 1997, black paper collage on prepared wove paper #blackhistorymonth Body Art, Art, Land Art, Protest Art, African American Artist, American Artists, Feminism Art, Modern Artists, Artist
Roots and Links, Inc. [second panel]
In artist Kara Walker's cut-paper silhouettes, troubling narratives of violence, lust, and exoticism play out. Her work draws upon imagery common in the antebellum South and is controversial for its use of racial stereotypes of both blacks and whites. Walker focuses on the role of stereotypes in shaping history and their complex function in American race relations today. Kara Walker, "Roots and Links, Inc.," 1997, black paper collage on prepared wove paper #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Roy DeCarava, "David," 1952, gelatin silver print #blackhistorymonth Photography, Fine Art Photography, Africa, Art Photography, Photojournalism, Fotografia, Photo Essay
David
Artwork: Roy DeCarava, "David," 1952, gelatin silver print #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Lois Mailou Jones, "The Lovers (Somali Friends)," 1950, casein on canvas #blackhistorymonth Portraits, African American Art, National Gallery Of Art, African Sculptures, African Art
The Lovers (Somali Friends)
Artwork: Lois Mailou Jones, "The Lovers (Somali Friends)," 1950, casein on canvas #blackhistorymonth
Art + social studies lesson idea: Through this sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, students will learn about the 1st African American regiment that fought in the Civil War, then compare their portrayal in letters, films, and poetry. [Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Shaw Memorial, 1900, patinated plaster, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, New Hampshire] #blackhistorymonth Statue, Black History Month, Famous African American Artists, American, Famous African Americans, Augustus Saint Gaudens
The First African American Regiment
Art + social studies lesson idea: Through this sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, students will learn about the 1st African American regiment that fought in the Civil War, then compare their portrayal in letters, films, and poetry. [Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Shaw Memorial, 1900, patinated plaster, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, New Hampshire] #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: James Lesesne Wells had a long career in printmaking. First participating in the Federal Arts Project, which encouraged art-making during the Great Depression, he then taught at Howard University in DC for 4 decades. Wells was active in the civil rights movement and often depicted the struggles of African Americans in his work. "African Nude" (1980) reflects his interest in traditional African aesthetics and a commitment to representing African American history. #blackhistorymonth Contemporary Art, Wells, Inspiration, Museums, Artist Art, Black Artists
African American Artists
Artwork: James Lesesne Wells had a long career in printmaking. First participating in the Federal Arts Project, which encouraged art-making during the Great Depression, he then taught at Howard University in DC for 4 decades. Wells was active in the civil rights movement and often depicted the struggles of African Americans in his work. "African Nude" (1980) reflects his interest in traditional African aesthetics and a commitment to representing African American history. #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Aaron Douglas,"Into Bondage," 1936, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase and partial gift from Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr., The Evans-Tibbs Collection) #blackhistorymonth Art Deco, Aaron, American Art, Artwork, Fine Art
African American Artists
Artwork: Aaron Douglas,"Into Bondage," 1936, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase and partial gift from Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr., The Evans-Tibbs Collection) #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Alma Thomas taught visual art in DC Public Schools for 35 years. She came into the professional art world later in life, but this did not prevent her from gaining recognition as an artist. In 1972, Thomas had a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York—the museum's first solo exhibition for an African American woman. She was one of two African American members of the Washington Color School. ["Red Rose Cantata," 1973] #blackhistorymonth Illustrators, Black Art, Red Roses, Rose, Oil On Canvas, Red, White, Abstract
African American Artists
Artwork: Alma Thomas taught visual art in DC Public Schools for 35 years. She came into the professional art world later in life, but this did not prevent her from gaining recognition as an artist. In 1972, Thomas had a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York—the museum's first solo exhibition for an African American woman. She was one of two African American members of the Washington Color School. ["Red Rose Cantata," 1973] #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Though widely recognized during his lifetime for his depictions of pastoral landscapes, self-taught artist Robert Seldon Duncanson (1821–1872) also created a small group of still-life paintings, including "Still Life with Fruit and Nuts," 1848. Classically composed with fruit arranged in a tabletop pyramid, the painting includes remarkable juxtapositions of smooth and textured surfaces, visible in the beautifully rendered apples and shells of scattered nuts. #blackhistorymonth Nature, Fruit, Instagram, Mural, Feast
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Artwork: Though widely recognized during his lifetime for his depictions of pastoral landscapes, self-taught artist Robert Seldon Duncanson (1821–1872) also created a small group of still-life paintings, including "Still Life with Fruit and Nuts," 1848. Classically composed with fruit arranged in a tabletop pyramid, the painting includes remarkable juxtapositions of smooth and textured surfaces, visible in the beautifully rendered apples and shells of scattered nuts. #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Joshua Johnson was a free black artist who worked in Baltimore, MD during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Johnson is known for his skillful use of design and balanced composition, as seen in "The Westwood Children" (c. 1807). The son of a white father and a black mother, Johnson was born into slavery around 1763 and freed in 1782. Having received minimal training in art, perhaps from one of the artists in the Peale family, he practiced as a portrait painter. #blackhistorymonth People, Naive, Johnson, Westwood, American Folk Art
Black Art & Artists in Our Collection
Artwork: Joshua Johnson was a free black artist who worked in Baltimore, MD during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Johnson is known for his skillful use of design and balanced composition, as seen in "The Westwood Children" (c. 1807). The son of a white father and a black mother, Johnson was born into slavery around 1763 and freed in 1782. Having received minimal training in art, perhaps from one of the artists in the Peale family, he practiced as a portrait painter. #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Henry Ossawa Tanner was born in Pittsburgh and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he took a drawing class taught by American painter Thomas Eakins. Tanner left for Europe as a young man to escape racial prejudice and spent most of his professional career in France. The artist thrived there, exhibiting paintings at the Paris Salon and other expositions. ["The Seine," c. 1902, oil on canvas] #blackhistorymonth Vintage Art, Fine Art Prints, Fine Art Paper, Art Reproductions
The Seine
Artwork: Henry Ossawa Tanner was born in Pittsburgh and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he took a drawing class taught by American painter Thomas Eakins. Tanner left for Europe as a young man to escape racial prejudice and spent most of his professional career in France. The artist thrived there, exhibiting paintings at the Paris Salon and other expositions. ["The Seine," c. 1902, oil on canvas] #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: In 1962 Jacob Lawrence traveled to Nigeria. He said of the visit: "I became so excited then by all the new visual forms I found in Nigeria—unusual color combinations, textures, shapes, and the dramatic effect of light—that I felt an overwhelming desire to...steep myself in Nigerian culture so that my paintings, if I'm fortunate, might show the influence of the great African artistic tradition." [“Street to Mbari,” 1964] #blackhistorymonth Street Art
Street to Mbari
Artwork: In 1962 Jacob Lawrence traveled to Nigeria. He said of the visit: "I became so excited then by all the new visual forms I found in Nigeria—unusual color combinations, textures, shapes, and the dramatic effect of light—that I felt an overwhelming desire to...steep myself in Nigerian culture so that my paintings, if I'm fortunate, might show the influence of the great African artistic tradition." [“Street to Mbari,” 1964] #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Rosalie Gwathmey, "Untitled (North Carolina)," 1948, National Gallery of Art, Washington #blackhistorymonth Alabama, Mental Health, Mental Health Services, Mental Health Facilities, Psychiatric Nursing, Mental Health Crisis, Psychiatric Disorders, Mental Health Care, Health Services
Untitled (North Carolina)
Artwork: Rosalie Gwathmey, "Untitled (North Carolina)," 1948, National Gallery of Art, Washington #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: William Johnson, "Blind Singer," c.1940, color screenprint with tempera additions on wove paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Reba and Dave Williams Collection, Florian Carr Fund and Gift of the Print Research Foundation #blackhistorymonth Outsider Art, Singer Art
Blind Singer
Artwork: William Johnson, "Blind Singer," c.1940, color screenprint with tempera additions on wove paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Reba and Dave Williams Collection, Florian Carr Fund and Gift of the Print Research Foundation #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Gordon Parks, "Washington, D.C. Government charwoman (American Gothic)," July 1942, gelatin silver print, printed later, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (The Gordon Parks Collection) #blackhistorymonth Dorothea Lange, Berlin, Parks, Park Photography, Park, Gordon Parks Photography, Photographer
Washington, D.C. Government Charwoman (American Gothic)
Artwork: Gordon Parks, "Washington, D.C. Government charwoman (American Gothic)," July 1942, gelatin silver print, printed later, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (The Gordon Parks Collection) #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Gordon Parks, "Boys, Shady Grove, Alabama," 1956, silver dye bleach print, printed later, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (The Gordon Parks Collection) #blackhistorymonth Artists, Gordon Parks, Lawrence
Boys, Shady Grove, Alabama
Artwork: Gordon Parks, "Boys, Shady Grove, Alabama," 1956, silver dye bleach print, printed later, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (The Gordon Parks Collection) #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Gordon Parks, "Soapbox Orator, Harlem, New York," 1952, gelatin silver print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (The Gordon Parks Collection) #blackhistorymonth Vintage Photos, Films, Film Director, The Orator, Ralph Ellison, Harlem
Soapbox Orator, Harlem, New York
Artwork: Gordon Parks, "Soapbox Orator, Harlem, New York," 1952, gelatin silver print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (The Gordon Parks Collection) #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Milton Rogovin, "Untitled (Storefront Churches series)," 1958-1961, gelatin silver print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Dr. J. Patrick and Patricia A. Kennedy #blackhistorymonth Posters, Public, Retro, Milton, Maynard, Danny Glover
Untitled (Storefront Churches series)
Artwork: Milton Rogovin, "Untitled (Storefront Churches series)," 1958-1961, gelatin silver print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Dr. J. Patrick and Patricia A. Kennedy #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Martin Puryear, "Untitled," 1966, woodcut on wove paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Director's Discretionary Fund #blackhistorymonth Design, Woodcut, Art Object
Untitled
Artwork: Martin Puryear, "Untitled," 1966, woodcut on wove paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Director's Discretionary Fund #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Sam Gilliam, "Fire," 1972, color lithograph on Japanese paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Luhring Augustine Gallery and Bridgewater Associates Funds #blackhistorymonth Ideas, African, Japanese Paper, Abstract Artwork
Fire
Artwork: Sam Gilliam, "Fire," 1972, color lithograph on Japanese paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Luhring Augustine Gallery and Bridgewater Associates Funds #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: James Lesesne Wells, "Looking Upward," 1928, woodcut in black on laid paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ruth and Jacob Kainen Collection #blackhistorymonth Museum Of Modern Art, Art Prints For Sale
Looking Upward
Artwork: James Lesesne Wells, "Looking Upward," 1928, woodcut in black on laid paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ruth and Jacob Kainen Collection #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Barkley Leonnard Hendricks, "Sir Charles, Alias Willie Harris," 1972, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, William C. Whitney Foundation #blackhistorymonth African Americans, Philadelphia, Renoir, Dandy
African American Artists
Artwork: Barkley Leonnard Hendricks, "Sir Charles, Alias Willie Harris," 1972, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, William C. Whitney Foundation #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Charles Wilbert White, "Mother," 1945, lithograph in black on wove paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Jacob Kainen #blackhistorymonth Portrait, Renaissance Artists, Lithograph, Romare Bearden
African American Artists
Artwork: Charles Wilbert White, "Mother," 1945, lithograph in black on wove paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Jacob Kainen #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: In "Double America," a work in neon and paint from 2012, 2 neons are put together. Some letters are flipped, but not all are backwards. The artist references Caspar David Friedrich’s "Rückenfigur" paintings, or “back-figure” paintings. In these German romantic works, figures in the landscape have their backs to the viewer, contemplating an idealist landscape. How might Ligon's "Double America" question the landscape of a country? #blackhistorymonth Neon, Country, Great Artists, Contemporary Artists, Modern Art
Double America
Artwork: In "Double America," a work in neon and paint from 2012, 2 neons are put together. Some letters are flipped, but not all are backwards. The artist references Caspar David Friedrich’s "Rückenfigur" paintings, or “back-figure” paintings. In these German romantic works, figures in the landscape have their backs to the viewer, contemplating an idealist landscape. How might Ligon's "Double America" question the landscape of a country? #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Glenn Ligon, "Untitled: Four Etchings [A]," 1992, softground etching, aquatint, spitbite, and sugarlift aquatint in black on Rives BFK paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Werner H. and Sarah-Ann Kramarsky and the Collectors Committee Fund #blackhistorymonth Glenn Ligon, Literature Art, Etchings, Untitled
Untitled: Four Etchings [A]
Artwork: Glenn Ligon, "Untitled: Four Etchings [A]," 1992, softground etching, aquatint, spitbite, and sugarlift aquatint in black on Rives BFK paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Werner H. and Sarah-Ann Kramarsky and the Collectors Committee Fund #blackhistorymonth
Artwork: Carrie Mae Weems, "May Flowers," 2002, chromogenic print, printed 2013, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund #blackhistorymonth Children, Maya, Fotos, Three Kids, Eva Hesse, Mae
May Flowers
Artwork: Carrie Mae Weems, "May Flowers," 2002, chromogenic print, printed 2013, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund #blackhistorymonth
Art + math lesson idea: Can you find triangles in this painting? Students will learn about the life and painting style of African American artist Horace Pippin. They will discover how to "read" the clues in his painting. By solving counting and time problems, students will also create their own "secret number" painting.  [Horace Pippin, "Domino Players," 1943] #horacepippin #teachers #k12 #artsintegration #blackhistorymonth Collage, Folk Art, Atami, Home
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Art + math lesson idea: Can you find triangles in this painting? Students will learn about the life and painting style of African American artist Horace Pippin. They will discover how to "read" the clues in his painting. By solving counting and time problems, students will also create their own "secret number" painting. [Horace Pippin, "Domino Players," 1943] #horacepippin #teachers #k12 #artsintegration #blackhistorymonth
Collage activity: Have students analyze a collage by Romare Bearden and then create a collage that reflects their "cultural memory." [Romare Bearden "Tomorrow I May Be Far Away," 1967]  #romarebearden #artsintegration #blackhistorymonth #k12 #teachers Far Away, Gallery, Museum
Collage activity: Have students analyze a collage by Romare Bearden and then create a collage that reflects their "cultural memory." [Romare Bearden "Tomorrow I May Be Far Away," 1967] #romarebearden #artsintegration #blackhistorymonth #k12 #teachers
Artwork: Romare Bearden, "The Fall of Troy," 1979, color screenprint on wove Lana paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Purchased as the Gift of Richard A. Simms #blackhistorymonth Art Commerce, Exhibition, Original Paintings, Collage Making
The Fall of Troy
Artwork: Romare Bearden, "The Fall of Troy," 1979, color screenprint on wove Lana paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Purchased as the Gift of Richard A. Simms #blackhistorymonth
Art + writing lesson idea: Ask students to write a poem inspired by a Romare Bearden work, making connections between visual imagery and words. [Romare Bearden, "Untitled (Jazz II)," 1980] #blackhistorymonth #k12 #artsintegration #languagearts Jazz, Art Gallery, Art Museum, Artsy
Art + writing lesson idea: Ask students to write a poem inspired by a Romare Bearden work, making connections between visual imagery and words. [Romare Bearden, "Untitled (Jazz II)," 1980] #blackhistorymonth #k12 #artsintegration #languagearts
Artwork: Romare Bearden, "Home to Ithaca," 1979, color screenprint on wove Lana paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Purchased as the Gift of Richard A. Simms #blackhistorymonth Art Market, Art World, Canadian Art
Home to Ithaca
Artwork: Romare Bearden, "Home to Ithaca," 1979, color screenprint on wove Lana paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Purchased as the Gift of Richard A. Simms #blackhistorymonth