In a press release, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) announced that in February 2024 it will present its groundbreaking exhibition titled The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism. According to the Met, the exhibition will “establish the Harlem Renaissance as the first African American-led movement of international modern art.” It will also “situate Black artists and their radically new portrayals of the modern Black subject as central to our understanding of international modern art and modern life.”
The exhibition will feature approximately 160 works and will explore the comprehensive and far-reaching ways in which Black artists portrayed everyday modern life in the new Black cities that took shape in the 1920s – 40s including New York City’s Harlem, Chicago’s South Side, and nationwide in the early decades of the Great Migration when millions of African Americans began to move away from the segregated rural South.
According to the Met, the exhibition will feature artists including Charles Alston, Miguel Covarrubias, Aaron Douglas, Meta Warrick Fuller, William H. Johnson, Archibald Motley, Jr., Winold Reiss, Augusta Savage, James Van Der Zee, and Laura Wheeler Waring.
The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism will be on view from February 25 – July 28, 2024. For more information and to plan your visit, click here.