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“Who Are You America but Me?”: The American Negro Exposition, 1940

Jeffrey Helgeson

in The Black Chicago Renaissance

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037023
eISBN:
9780252094392
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037023.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter considers the 1940 American Negro Exposition in Chicago, the first black-organized world's fair that sought to showcase African American artists on a national stage. It delineates the ... More


Emerson, Dante, and American Nationalism

Kathleen Verduin

in Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century: Nationality, Identity, and Appropriation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199584628
eISBN:
9780191739095
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584628.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Poetry

This chapter considers how Dante as national poet was presented as a model for the American artist, and how Ralph Waldo Emerson's reading of the Italian poet reflected, on the one hand, a will to ... More


Along the Streets of Bronzeville: Black Chicago's Literary Landscape

Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037825
eISBN:
9780252095108
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037825.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book examines the flowering of African American creativity, activism, and scholarship in the South Side Chicago district known as Bronzeville during the period between the Harlem Renaissance in ... More


‘Death to any one that puts his foot in No Man[’s] Land’: ‘Afromodernist’ Reimagining and Aesthetic Experimentation in Horace Pippin’s World War I Manuscripts and Paintings

Celeste-Marie Bernier

in Afromodernisms: Paris, Harlem and the Avant-Garde

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780748646401
eISBN:
9780748684410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646401.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter analyzes the experienced and representative significance of World War I to the work of African American artists and writers who rejoined the civilian population following the end of the ... More


Modernism and the Affects of Racial Blackness

Lindon Barrett

Justin A. Joyce, Dwight A. Mcbride, and John Carlos Rowe (eds)

in Racial Blackness and the Discontinuity of Western Modernity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038006
eISBN:
9780252095290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038006.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter focuses on the dispute between two important figures of the Harlem Renaissance: George Schuyler and Langston Hughes. Schuyler's critique of the African American avant-garde in his essay ... More


Working All the Time: Artistic Citizenship in the 21st Century

Diane Mullin

in Artistic Citizenship: Artistry, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Praxis

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780199393749
eISBN:
9780199393770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199393749.003.0026
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter critically examines selected American artists to consider the possibilities and limits of the ideas of the common and the equal as democratic strategies for artistic work. Key is the ... More


Drawing and Discovering

Cathy Curtis

in A Generous Vision: The Creative Life of Elaine de Kooning

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190498474
eISBN:
9780190498504
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190498474.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History, American History: 20th Century

Elaine de Kooning’s mother was a formative influence in her life, introducing her to art and literature at an early age. Her mother’s outlandish, autocratic personality—and her institutionalization ... More


I New Forms and Captive Knights in the Age of Jim Crow and Mechanical Reproduction

James Smethurst

in The African American Roots of Modernism: From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834633
eISBN:
9781469603100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807878088_smethurst.4
Subject:
History, African-American History

This book endeavors to delineate some of the ways that the establishment of Jim Crow as a national system, albeit with considerable regional and local variations, and the response of African American ... More


Muddying Clear Waters: Carolyn Rodgers’s Black Art

Carmen L. Phelps

in Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036804
eISBN:
9781621039174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036804.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter discusses Carolyn Rodgers’s poetic works in her poetry collections, including Paper Soul (1968) and Songs of a Black Bird (1969). It explains that Rodgers’ poetry showed that the concept ... More


Harlem Renaissance Women and 580 St. Nicholas Avenue

Ethelene Whitmire

in Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038501
eISBN:
9780252096419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038501.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter looks at how Regina became part of the Harlem Renaissance upon her arrival in New York City. Events collided to put Regina at the forefront of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement ... More


A California Detour on the Road to Italy: The Hubcap Ranch, the Napa Valley, and Italian American Identity

Laura E. Ruberto

in Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823257966
eISBN:
9780823268924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter focuses on the Hubcap Ranch, located in the heart of Pope Valley, near Napa, in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Constructed by Emanuele “Litto” Damonte, the Hubcap Ranch is one of at ... More


From Black Belt to Bronzeville

Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach

in Along the Streets of Bronzeville: Black Chicago's Literary Landscape

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037825
eISBN:
9780252095108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037825.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter traces the complex interplay of race, geography, and cultural criticism that permeated the Renaissance as a whole. Beginning with the categorization of the neighborhood as the Black Belt ... More


The Black Cultural Front: Black Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation

Brian Dolinar

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032691
eISBN:
9781617032707
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032691.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This book describes how the social and political movements that grew out of the Depression facilitated the left turn of several African American artists and writers. The Communist-led John Reed Clubs ... More


Conclusion: Queering Representation

GerShun Avilez

in Radical Aesthetics and Modern Black Nationalism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040122
eISBN:
9780252098321
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040122.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This concluding chapter discusses the significance of the concept of representation to nationalist discourse. Representation in the political world and the idea of cultural representation both appear ... More


New York

Cathy Curtis

in Alive Still: Nell Blaine, American Painter

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780190908812
eISBN:
9780190908843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190908812.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Her first stop in New York was the Hans Hofmann School of Art. His precepts and open-minded approach would guide her work from then on. An abandoned industrial loft served as her home and studio. In ... More


The Revolution Will Be Visualized: Black Panther Artist Emory Douglas

Colette Gaiter

in West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677252
eISBN:
9781452947440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.003.0014
Subject:
Art, Art History

This chapter examines the work of artist Emory Douglas. In 1967, a young man barely in his twenties, Douglas was named Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. His visual skills, combined ... More


The Freak-garde: Extraordinary Bodies and Revolutionary Art in America

Robin Blyn

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816678167
eISBN:
9781452947853
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816678167.001.0001
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

Since the 1890s, American artists have employed the arts of the freak show to envision radically different ways of being. The result is a rich avant-garde tradition that critiques and challenges ... More


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