How to understand Black art across the diaspora

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Chicago Black Renaissance


1930’s - 1950’s


I only had my brushes to fight with 
- Charles White


Dissimilar to the Harlem Renaissace, the Chicago movement did not have an influx of wealthy patrons. Instead, Black working-class individuals found support and community with each other, mixing visuals and sounds from the Southern migrants in with the culture of the Chicago residents. Notable artists include Charles White, Margaret Burroughs, Archibald Motley Jr., and Elizabeth Catlett. 




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