The Harlem Renaissance And Transatlantic Modernism: A Creative Convening

April 9, 2024

Immerse yourself in a captivating discourse regarding the Harlem Renaissance art from Harlem and beyond on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 10:30 am to 6 pm EST.

As renowned scholars and artists convene to delve into the profound themes highlighted in the exhibition, The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism.

This engaging event will feature dynamic conversations, enlightening presentations, and inspiring performances celebrating the artistic legacy of Black creators in the 1920s–40s.

Discover the expansive and influential ways Black artists depicted modern life, both in Harlem and beyond, during this transformative period. From the pulsating rhythms of jazz to the vibrant cultural expressions captured in visual art and literature, explore how the Harlem Renaissance reshaped artistic landscapes worldwide.


Esteemed Participants:

  • Joy Bivins, Director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem
  • Emilie Boone, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, New York University
  • Rhea L. Combs, Director of Curatorial Affairs, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • Kathryn E. Coney, Co-Executive Director, Gallery of Art, Howard University
  • Bridget R. Cooks, Chancellor’s Fellow and Professor of Art History and African American Studies, University of California, Irvine
  • Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tayari Jones, Author
  • The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
  • Richard Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, Duke University
  • Jamaal Sheats, Associate Provost of Art and Culture, Director and Curator of Galleries, Fisk University
  • Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski, Archivist and Artist
  • Lowery Stokes Sims, Independent Curator, Art Historian, and Former Curator at The Met
  • Danille Taylor, Director, Clark Atlanta University Art Museum
  • Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Director, Hampton University Museum

This enriching symposium, presented in conjunction with The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism. exhibition, promises a day of insightful discourse and cultural celebration. Admission is free with Museum entry, but we recommend registering in advance to secure your place in this enlightening exploration of Black artistic heritage.

Register here

Photo credit: Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917–2000). The Photographer (detail), 1942. Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper, 22 1/8 x 30 1/2 in. (56.2 x 77.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 (2001.205) © 2024 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.



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