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Rhapsodies in black : art of the Harlem Renaissance

Author: Richard J Powell; David A Bailey; Hayward Gallery.; Institute of International Visual Arts.; University of California Press.
Publisher: London : Hayward Gallery : Institute of International Visual Arts ; Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Rhapsodies in Black takes a fresh look at the Harlem Renaissance, contesting narrow interpretations of it as an isolated phenomenon confined to artists of color inhabiting a few square miles of Manhattan and, instead, recognizing it as a historical moment of global significance, with connections to Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and other parts of the United States, in particular Chicago and the Deep South. Like
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Named Person: Josephine Baker; Paul Robeson
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard J Powell; David A Bailey; Hayward Gallery.; Institute of International Visual Arts.; University of California Press.
ISBN: 185332163X 9781853321634 0520212630 9780520212633 0520212681 9780520212688
OCLC Number: 36900931
Notes: Exhibition tour: Hayward Gallery, London, 16 June - 17 August, 1997 [and others].
Description: 182 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Contents: Re/birth of a nation / Richard J. Powell --
Voodoo MacBeth / Simon Callow --
Like the gypsy's daughter : or beyond the potency of Josephine Baker's eroticism / Andrea D. Barnwell --
Paul Robeson and the problem of modernism / Jeffrey C. Stewart --
Modern tones / Paul Gilroy --
Still / Martina Attille --
Harlem on our minds / Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Responsibility: [exhibition devised and selected by Richard J. Powell and David A. Bailey].
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Rhapsodies in Black takes a fresh look at the Harlem Renaissance, contesting narrow interpretations of it as an isolated phenomenon confined to artists of color inhabiting a few square miles of Manhattan and, instead, recognizing it as a historical moment of global significance, with connections to Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and other parts of the United States, in particular Chicago and the Deep South. Like jazz musicians, the artists of the Harlem Renaissance era traveled and interacted, and their art was cosmopolitan, inspired by European modernism as well as the cultural and artistic groundswell of black America.

Two influences dominated in the art of early modernism: African art and the vitality of big city life. In Harlem, as in Paris and Berlin, artists were inspired to seek new forms and to collaborate on performances, films, and publications. Rhapsodies in Black speaks across the arts, reaching out from an exploration of the painters and sculptors of the time to consider film, theater, and dance. With contributions by distinguished authors from both sides of the Atlantic, it offers a kaleidoscope of provocative readings, showing that the issues and ideas of the Harlem Renaissance still resonate today.

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