Beyond the Harlem Renaissance
TJC Gallery, 154 West Main Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Feb 20, 2014 – Apr 2, 2014
Following the example set by W. E. B. DuBois and Alaine Locke during the New Negro Movement of the 1920s to 1940s, pioneering African American artists supported cultural agendas that would benefit black communities and improve public perception of their race. Early efforts were concentrated in Northern urban centers, such as Harlem and Philadelphia, where African American populations swelled due to the migration of millions of black Southerners eager to escape Jim Crow. Beyond these metropolitan areas, however, a simultaneous cultural renaissance was occurring in Washington D.C., Atlanta, and other Southern cities. Spanning the twentieth century, this exhibition presents paintings created by the Southern forerunners of African American art alongside works by their innovative successors, highlighting their connections and examining their multifaceted interests, techniques, and artistic styles.