African American Art

Painted for the Hall of Negro Life at the Texas Centennial Exposition, Aaron Douglas's Aspiration (1936) shows a way for African Americans to forge a hopeful future.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983, one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically…

Bill Traylor (ca. 1853–1949) is among the most important American artists of the 20th century. Born in antebellum Alabama, Traylor…

Jennifer Padgett, assistant curator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and Beth Harris discuss Jacob Lawrence's Ambulance Call (1948, tempera on board) at the Crystal Bridges Museum…

Vernacular photographs are the lifeblood of affirmative self (re)presentation. For African-Americans, whose relationship with photography has always been complicated—stemming from, among other…

Have you heard of Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi? Find out why her popularity, and that of other artists, has risen dramatically since the 1970s.

Chart the frequency of…