The Role of Female African American Sculptors in the Harlem Renaissance

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The Role of Female African American Sculptors in the Harlem Renaissance The Harlem Renaissance, a time of global appreciation for the black culture, was a door opening for African American women. Until then, African Americans, let alone African American women, were neither respected nor recognized in the artistic world. During this time of this New Negro Movement, women sculptors were able to connect their heritages with the present issues in America. There is an abundance of culture and history to be learned from these sculptures because the artists creatively intertwine both. Meta Warrick Fuller and Edmonia Lewis, two of the most popular sculptors of this time, were able to reflect their native heritages and the dynamics of society…show more content…
34). Even though African American art was more accepted during the Harlem Renaissance, these artists still faced the effects of being of this descent: discrimination, segregation, etc. The Harlem Renaissance began in the 1910’s and lasted until the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. This movement of hope was strategically placed: Harlem was the largest black community in the country and New York was the center of the arts and also America’s top publishing center. "The Harlem Renaissance was a moment of hope and confidence, a proclamation of independence, and the celebration of a new spirit exemplified in the New Negro" (Fabre & Feith, 2001, p.2). This celebration of the New Negro brought African Americans confidence and hope that a new racial attitude would come forth. Alain Locke, one of the leaders in this new movement, encouraged artists of the time to express Africanism in their art forms. He believed that art was a way to teach not just African Americans but all Americans, about the connection between black America and Africa’s rich culture. His goal was to control and recreate the image of black people, refusing to be categorized by the outside world. Locke, joined in thought by many African Americans, was tired of the stigmatisms of being black. He wanted a new image and concluded that this was the perfect time to go for
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