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IN-PERSON: Paint It More Black; A Deeper Dive into Black Art   

**This class will be taught In-Person**

Most of us, if asked, could name 10 Impressionist artists without too much trouble but I bet many of us would be hard-pressed to name 10 Black artists, either American or from the rest of the African diaspora.  This course will look at early depictions of Blacks in Western art, examine some of the earliest Black American artists, and continue to the present day. We’ll look at the Great Migration and what role it had on the Harlem Renaissance. We’ll look at lesser-known but equally important roles of the Harmon Foundation, and the Chicago Institute of Art and the roles they both played in promoting Black art and artists. Join in on the fun as we enjoy looking at and discussing a lot of great images. 

Week 1; We will look at firsts: the first African-American portraitist,  the first African-American landscape painter, the first African-American still-life painter, etc.

Week 2; The Great Migration: how the movement of rural Southern families to the industrial North starts to shape a Black middle class and how this leads to the Harlem Renaissance(not limited to New York) and how this affects art and artists.

Week 3; The Harlem Renaissance: When Alain Locke encourages Black painters to look to their African roots instead of looking at Europe for inspiration, Black art starts to have an identity of its own. 

Week 4; Paris: Not only did Black artists find great croissants there, but they found a hew landscape with less of the racism that plagued their lives in the United States.

Week 5; Patronage: how organizations like the Harmon Foundation and the WPA provided money for emerging Black artists.

Week 6; Miscellaneous

We will also look at issues such as colorism, the role of the Chicago Institute of Art and their acceptance of Black artists, and we will examine contemporary art both from the US and the African continent.



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