The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism with Page Knox

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Art historian Page Knox returns to Darien Library!

With the Great Migration, millions of African Americans between 1920 and 1940 began to move away from the segregated rural South and settle in cities throughout the country, including New York City's Harlem. Join Page Knox for a discussion of the extensive and expansive ways in which Black artists captured this new everyday modern life in Harlem and across America, with the Black subject as its center.

Inspired by the upcoming exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, which opens on February 25th, Page will explore the paintings, sculptures, and photographs of Black American artists including Charles Alston, Aaron Doublas, William H. Johnson, Augusta Savage, James Van Der Zee, and Laura Wheeler Waring and also consider the work of European artists who also engaged with aspects of the international African Diaspora, such as Henri Matisse, Jacob Epstein, Germaine Casse, and Pablo Picasso.

About the Presenter

Page Knox is an adjunct professor in the Art History Department of Columbia University, where she received her PhD in 2012. She works contractually in a variety of capacities at the Metropolitan Museum of Art giving public gallery talks and lectures in special exhibitions as well as the permanent collection, teaching classes at the museum, and leading groups for Travel with the Met.




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