Black Artists in America: From the Great Depression to Civil Rights
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN 38117
Throughout the twentieth century, Black artists in the United States produced powerful works of art that described and expressed the joys, anxieties, social changes, economic upheavals, global conflagrations, and aesthetic concerns of the times during which they lived. Through more than fifty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, Black Artists in America: From the Great Depression to Civil Rights explores the various ways in which African American artists responded to the political, social, and economic climates of the United States from the 1930s into the 1950s.
The exhibition is comprised of works of art from public and private collections around the country, but there is a special emphasis on artists, including Vertis Hayes and Reginald Morris, who lived and worked in Memphis, helping to establish Memphis’ role in the development of Black American art.