The Image of Africa in the Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
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Within this diversity, several themes emerged which set the character of the Harlem Renaissance. No black writer, musician, or artist expressed all of these themes, but each did address one or more in his or her work. The first of these themes was the effort to recapture the African American past—its rural southern roots, urban experience, and African heritage. Interest in the African past corresponded with the rise of Pan-Africanism in African American politics, which was at the center of Marcus Garvey's ideology and also a concern of W. E. B. Du Bois in the 1920s.
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Oct. 2, 2015-Jan. 17, 2016
While the Harlem Renaissance was in full swing, Chicago painter Archibald Motley was documenting the jazz scene in the Windy City. An important, under-appreciated 20th century painter, this full-scale survey brings together his mesmerizing portraits and vibrant cultural scenes—from Chicago to Paris and Mexico—for the first time in two decades.