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Ancestral Legacy, African Art and Harlem Renaissance

November 29, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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“The face of modern art is a Black face”, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates once wrote. While this claim puzzled many, it clearly established the overwhelming influence of African art at the root of modern masterpieces such as Picasso’s 1906“Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” and Matisse’s 1906 “Still Life with Negro Statuette”. Rarely mentioned in art history books were the importance and influence of African art for many Harlem Renaissance artists in visual arts and performing arts. Drawing on African Art to build a new African American art aesthetic represented a fundamental drive in Dr. Alain Locke’s New Negro Anthology which launched The Harlem Renaissance movement in the 1920s.

How and why did African Art revolutionize modern art? How did artists from the Harlem Renaissance such as Palmer Hayden, Aaron Douglas, Sargent Johnson, Hale Woodruff, Lois Mailou Jones, Meta Warrick Fuller understand, appreciate and use the formal repertory of African sculpture in their artistic creations?

This fascinating talk with African art Curator and Appraiser Dr. Diala Toure from Appraisals of Value, LLC will engage you to think critically about the connections and convergences between African art and African American art while sipping tea or coffee in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at Thelma Harris’s Gallery.

Includes dessert, champagne, tea or coffee in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at Thelma Harris Art Gallery

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Thelma Harris Art Gallery
5940 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618 United States
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