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Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance Exhibition

19 Jun-17 Aug 1997

Rhapsodies in Black is a touring show that intends to challenge conventional representations of the Harlem Renaissance to provoke new readings of the period from a contemporary perspective.

Exhibition that examined the Harlem Renaissance cultural phenomenon as a key moment in twentieth-century history, one which transcended regional and racial parameters. It presented selected works of art within the context of six thematic sections: Representing ‘The New Negro’; Another Modernism; blues, Jazz and the Performative Paradigm; the Cult of the Primitive; Africa: Inheritance and Seizure; Jacob Lawrence’s Toussaint L’Ouverture series.
The exhibition incorporated into those sections an array of previously under-represented historical materials and imagery from the Harlem Renaissance, including photography, film, music, books and magazines, alongside original paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
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