2 Responses to Eight Icons of Black American Art

  1. Janet September 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    Go deeper on Tanner and you’ll discover something enlightening that few if any other art historians seem to know… but I’ll bet Tanner did, and I’ll bet money it’s why he painted that painting… Look up the origins of the Banjo. I’ve been studying Tanner and his legacy through the Harlem Renaissance, telling my students, encouraging them to “Tell the babies”!!!

    The Banjo isn’t just some minstrel instrument… not to the history of your heritage. It’s poppa and grandpappy were among the only instruments allowed passage on the slave ships. They’re a great legacy to ALL of American History, not just the African Americans. Tanner was not just one of the greatest African American painters of his time… he was one of the greatest of his century… black or white…

    If the doors of our educational facilities are integrated… isn’t it time the education we teach in those spaces, worthy also, of total integration of all races, ethnic groups, etc.?

    NOW… you go tell the babies, too! lol

    🙂
    j

  2. Julie October 16, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

    Great article. Learned about some new artists.
    Guerrilla girls. Got to hear them when I was in college. Still (unfortunately) relevant. http://www.guerrillagirls.com/
    TY

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