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Monday
Jan282019

"The Harlem Renaissance: A Cultural Awakening” - An OAC ‘Art Speaks’ Program

(click photo for larger image)The Harlem Renaissance (c. 1918–37) was a blossoming of African American culture, particularly in the creative arts, and the most influential movement in African American literary history. Embracing literary, musical, theatrical, and visual arts, participants sought to re-conceptualize “the Negro” apart from the white stereotypes that had influenced black peoples’ relationship to their heritage and to each other. They also sought to break free of Victorian moral values and bourgeois shame about aspects of their lives that might, as seen by whites, reinforce racist beliefs. The movement was never dominated by a particular school of thought. Rather, it was characterized by intense debate. The Harlem Renaissance laid the groundwork for all later African American literature and art, and had an enormous impact on subsequent black consciousness worldwide. While the renaissance was not confined to the Harlem district of New York City, Harlem attracted a remarkable concentration of intellect and talent and served as the symbolic capital of this cultural awakening.

Join us at the OAC Steamer Firehouse Gallery on Sunday, February 3rd, from 2—3:30 PM, to learn all about this extraordinary movement. Dr. Jill Kiefer will deliver the presentation and together we will discover how "art speaks" about an era and a culture.

The OAC Steamer Firehouse Gallery is located at 117 Main Street - 2nd Floor - Ossining, NY

FREE Admission / Light Refreshments / Donations Welcome

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