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Subject: Arts: Art & Artists

Art: Transatlantic Modernism Series

Art historian and author Wanda Corn (The Color of Mood; The Art of Andrew Wyeth; Grant Wood) examines the cultural dynamics that linked art circles in Paris and New York in the opening decades of the 20th century, focusing on painting, sculpture, art films, literature and the decorative arts. Produced Click for more

18. The "New Negro" Arts Movement

18. New Negro Arts Movement

Stanford professor Wanda Corn guides viewers through New York and Paris in the 1920s helping to break the stereotyping of African-Americans during this decade. We learn that between WWI and WWII nearly two million blacks, from the south and the West Indies, migrated to Harlem, bringing a diversity of black voice and black culture and making it an exciting and culturally rich neighborhood. And though there was still much bigotry and hatred directed towards blacks in America during this period of time, it was the first time that this country saw the potential for major art to come out of a great black community. This moment has been labeled in American history as the "Black Renaissance." But because art was also coming out of cities like Chicago, Oakland, and even Paris, France, Proferssor Corn refers to this time period as the "New Negro" Arts movement. We are shown numerous examples of African-Americans being "in vogue" in the 20s - one example is famed dancer Josephine Baker, whose high moment of fame in Paris - Revue Negre - made her a symbol of the "new woman." 98/09DE SCA 60 min.

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