Episode 247: "A Study of Negro Artists"

published 8 years ago by The BMA

This episode is a short silent film titled, "A Study of Negro Artists" (c. 1932). The documentary covers some important visual artists during the Harlem Renaissance: Richmond Barthe, noted sculptor (in particular, large outdoor work); James Latimer Allen, noted portrait photographer (known particularly for documenting the Harlem Renaissance); Aaron Douglas, one the major painters of the era; Palmer Hayden, another prolific painter; and Augusta Savage, the leading female sculptor of the movement. While this film doesn't tell much about them, many African American artists made their living during the day, mostly working blue collar jobs, while working on their art in their off hours. We do however get to see them in their studios and examples of their work.

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