African American Art
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Osher (50+). A slide presentation highlighting the connection of African American art and racism in America.
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Throughout U.S. history, African American artists have produced a remarkable body of paintings, prints, sculpture, photography, murals, and other artistic forms. Many of these artists have combined their creative talent with a vision of the struggles of their people for human dignity and social justice. This presentation highlights the accomplishments of several of these men and women, many of whose powerful contributions to American art and culture generally have been under emphasized or ignored in traditional educational, mass media, and art world institutions. A major focus involves an inquiry into the works of 20th and 21st century African American artists, whose works provide insightful and critical commentary about major features of American life and society, especially issues of race and gender. The close linkages between race and gender will receive extensive attention, especially in the works of the numerous women artists of African heritage.