African American Ideas of the Past in Contemporary Pieces

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It is appropriate to say that the conditions of Blacks in the past have improved since various Black power movements. The twenty first century generation of African Americans continues to be content with the accomplishments’ of our ancestors, instead of becoming more aware of our heritage and culture in order to understand the present. Renée Stout’s art develop from Black movements such as Garveyism and the Pan-Africanism movements that aimed to instill racial pride and racial unity. Just as these movements made Blacks around the Diaspora aware of the conditions of other Blacks, Stout’s exhibit, Tales of the Conjure Woman, unveil the oppressed culture of Africans and African Americans while instilling racial pride and unity. Firstly the name of Renée Stout’s exhibit, Tales of the Conjure Woman, contains a word that is significant in the purpose of the exhibit. Conjure; meaning to call upon a devil or spirit by spell or witchcraft , insinuates that Stout’s exhibit, as a whole will explore the spiritual roots of African-American culture. Stout’s use of art such as, paintings, sculptures, and photography conveys the oppressed history this generation needs to be instilled with racial pride and unity once again. Her pieces successfully encourage viewers to self-examine themselves so that we can find the absurdities of life, ideas that Garveyism and the Pan-Africanist movement called for Blacks around the Diaspora to do. Once the absurdities of life are identified and there is an
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