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African American Sculptures

Between 1900 and 1950, hundreds of thousands of African Americans migrated from the mostly agricultural Southern United States to Northern metropolitan centers, such as Chicago, New York, and Detroit. Prior to this shift, most notable African American visual artists were either trained as painters, or created textile and folk art for a more local audience. The great migration northward gave rise to a broader sense of cultural identity among African Americans.

This period came to be known as the “Harlem Renaissance,” and saw the rising of a new generation of African American Sculptors, who gained international recognition and fame, while battling the institutional forces of racism and segregation. The career of Augusta Savage epitomizes, in many ways, the achievements and struggle of... Read more

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