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“The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism” on View Through July 28, 2024, at the Met Fifth Avenue

Installation view of “The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism” at The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, 2024. Photo by Anna-Marie Kellen.

The Met Fifth Avenue presents “The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism” through July 28. Through more than 160 paintings, sculptures, photographs, films, and ephemera, the exhibition explores the wide range of ways in which 20th-century black artists depicted everyday life in the modern era.

The exhibition focuses on the Black cities that formed across the country during the early decades of the Great Migration when millions of African Americans moved from the rural South to the Northwest. The Harlem neighborhood of New York City, which formed from the 1920s to the 1940s and formed a unique culture called the Harlem Renaissance, is a prime example. The exhibition seeks to revisit the Harlem Renaissance and the discovery of the black subject in the 20th century as central to the development of international contemporary art.

Participating artists include Charles Alston (1907-1977), Aaron Douglas (1899-1979), Meta Warrick Fuller (1877-1968), William H. Johnson (1901-1970), Archibald Motley (1891-1981), Winold Reiss (1886-1953), Augusta Savage (1892-1962), James Van Der Zee (1886-1983), and Laura Wheeler Waring (1887-1948).

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