Oklahoma City Museum of Art to show ‘ Harlem Renaissance ‘

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Palmer Hayden (American, 1890-1973) - Nous Quatre à Paris (We Four in Paris) , ca. 1930. Watercolor & pencil on paper, 55.2 x 46 cm. - Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Joseph H. Hazen Foundation Inc. Gift, 1975 (1975.125) Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Oklahoma City, OK – Explore African American art of the 1920s and 1930s and its lasting legacy with a one-of-a-kind exhibition held only at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, February 5 through April 19, 2009. Organized by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Harlem Renaissance  will include more than 100 paintings, sculptures, and photographs by artists such as Richmond Barthé, Aaron Douglas, Palmer Hayden, William H. Johnson, Malvin Gray Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, Archibald J. Motley Jr., James VanDerZee, and others. From the “vogue” of Harlem in the twenties to the Great Depression in the thirties, artists created innovative works that expressed the uniqueness of their experiences as African American artists, while participating in larger developments in American art.