‘Art Speaks’ - “The Harlem Renaissance: A Cultural Awakening

 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.

 

When:

Sunday - February 3rd  - 2 pm

 

Where:

OAC Steamer Firehouse Gallery, 117 Main Street 2nd floor, Ossining

 

FREE Admission / Light Refreshments / Donations Welcome