Harlem Renaissance Art

Events

NAACP is founded

1910

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded, and W.E.B. du Bois becomes editor of their monthly magazine, Crisis

Lynched

1911

Sixty black Americans are known to have been lynched in 1911.

Published work

1919

A writer named Benjamin Brawley wrote and published a work called The Negro in Art and Literature in the United States.

Beginning of The Harlem Renaissance

1920

Harlem Renaissance was a significant movement in African American literature and other arts during the 1920’s .

Visual arts

1922

The Boston Public Library has an exhibition of African-American visual arts and literature.

Art

1923

Aaron Douglas arrives in New York; his art style becomes the official one of the Harlem Renaissance.

Art association

1925

Sargent Johnson has an exhibit of his paintings at the San Francisco Art Association

Art Exhibit

1926
  • Harmon Foundation first annual art exhibit of African-American artists’ works

Excluded Jazz

1926

Chiefly literary, the Renaissance included the visual arts but excluded jazz, despite its parallel emergence as a black art form.

Art magazine is launched

1926

The short-lived literary and art magazine, Fire!!, is launched by Langston Hughes, Wallace Thurman and Zora Neale Hurston, with illustrations by Aaron Douglas and Richard Bruce Nugent

Art theatre is founded

1929

The Harmon Foundation sponsors an exhibition at the National gallery in Washington, D.C. of black artists’ works,and the Negro Art theatre is founded in June

The end of the Harlem Renaissance

1930

The great depression of the 1930s hit America and the prosperity of the 1920s ended for almost everyone.