Art at Noon: Animated by Hope and Desire: 3 Black Artists At the Nation's Centennial

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In this lecture, Dr Kirsten Pai Buick, author of Child of the Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis and the Problem of Art History’s Black and Indian Subject, shares about this extraordinary time in the development of the nation and in the history of African Americans who dared to enter the fine arts. Not always triumphant and oftentimes devastating, nevertheless, they left us all a legacy of which to be proud.

During the Philadelphia Centennial of 1876, we know of at least three artists of African descent who were present–two as exhibitors and one as a visitor: Edward Mitchell Bannister (1828-1901), Mary Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907), and Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937).

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