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CFAM Lecture--South Side Lives: African American Art in Chicago, 1920-1950
Start Date: 2/7/2017Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 2/7/2017End Time: 7:00 PM
Event Description:

Although Black Lives Matters and public demonstrations have recently called attention to persistent racial injustice and violence against black bodies around the nation, such movements have an important artistic precedent in the city of Chicago. Between 1920 and 1950, African American artists in Chicago undertook a widespread campaign of using their art to protest social conditions and racial inequality. This flourishing artistic scene, now described as the Chicago Black Renaissance, distinguished itself from the Harlem Renaissance in its   emphasis on realistic depictions of the black body as a means of conveying often hard-hitting social commentary. This lecture will examine the figurative art of  Eldzier Cortor, Charles White, and other African American artists in Chicago, along with that of white artists who shared their beliefs, to understand how they depicted the black body as an expression of protest and uplift.  

Join Henry Buchbinder Associate Curator of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago and Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar Sarah Kelly Oehler, Ph.D. as she gives her insights into this fascinating period of American history.

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Rollins College - Cornell Fine Arts Museum  (View Map)
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
United States
Phone: 407-646-2000
Room: MUS
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