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The Harlem Renaissance and Its Legacy

Jacob Lawrence, Checker Players, 1947, tempera on panel, 50.8 x 61cm, Gift of Saundra B. Lane in memory of her husband, William H. Lane, and purchase through the Stoddard Acquisition Fund.

January 18 - April 13, 2003

Harlem in the 1920s and '30s exploded with creative genius in literature, poetry, jazz, and visual art. In this vibrant environment, artists experimented with themes of everyday life, New York City, Africa, religion and abstraction. This exhibition celebrates the artistic triumph of African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance and in the decades that followed with paintings, sculptures and illustrated books by Aaron Douglas, William H. Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, Beauford Delaney and others. This exhibition is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and is supported by the Suzanne H. Arnold Foundation. Additional generous support provided by the Alturas Foundation, the Telegram & Gazette and 90.9 WBUR.

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