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From Edmonia Lewis to Jean Michel Basquiat, discover the African American artists who were shaped by the social and political issues of their time.
Pre-Civil War Blue Hole, Little Miami River by Robert Scott Duncanson
This Month's Featured Art
Discover Romare Bearden's photomontages.

After Church by Romare Bearden
African American art first emerges. Artist: Robert Scott Duncanson

Exploring Freedom Henry O. Tanner paints
Artists struggle to portray their community. Artists: Edmonia Lewis, Henry O. Tanner, Laura Wheeler Waring
The Harlem Renaissance Blues by Archibald Motley
The flowering of African American talent. Artists: Aaron Douglas, Palmer Hayden, Archibald Motley, Ellis Wilson, Augusta Savage
The Legacy Jacob Lawrence at work
The African American art community supports and inspires artists. Artists: Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis
Social Activism The Flag is Bleeding by Faith Ringgold Credits: Harmon Collection/National Archives | Library of Congress | Corcoran Gallery of Art/Associated Press |National Archives | Faith Ringgold | Courtesy of Alison Saar
Art becomes a platform for protest during the civil rights movement. Artists: Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Elizabeth Catlett
Modern Identities Love Potion No. 9 by Alison Saar
Artists examine their individual identity and the African diaspora. Artists: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alison Saar
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