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How art gives shape to cultural change - Thelma Golden

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Thelma Golden, curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, talks through three recent shows that explore how art examines and redefines culture. The "post-black" artists she works with are using their art to provoke a new dialogue about race and culture -- and about the meaning of art itself.

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Black Male was the title of an art exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in1994 in New York.Harlem Renaissance is a cultural movement that spanned the 1920s and 1930s. At the time, it was known as the "New Negro Movement."The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally, and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.Muhammed Ali, world heavyweight boxing champion, delivered a 30-minute lecture in 1975 at Harvard University on friendship and the heart.Black Art Cultural Movement of the 21st Century is the artistic branch of the Black Power movement. Time magazine describes the Black Arts Movement as the "single most controversial moment in the history of African-American literature – possibly in American literature as a whole."Jacob Lawrence is one of the most important artists of the 20th century and is best known for his series of narrative paintings depicting important moments in African American history. Norman Lewis is an African-American painter, scholar, and teacher. He is associated with Abstract Expressionism.Romare Bearden is an American artist of African-American heritage, who is widely acknowledged as one of the most talented and original visual artists of the twentieth century. His life and art are marked by exceptional talent, encompassing a broad range of intellectual and scholarly interests, including music, performing arts, history, literature, and world art.
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