American art shows us the reality and effects of racism and slavery, and often points the way to social justice.
Kerry James Marshall, Now And Forever; Elizabeth Alexander, “American Song,” Washington National Cathedral
Kerry James Marshall and Elizabeth Alexander create words and images that fill the Washington National Cathedral with hope.
Gee's Bend quilts challenge notions of what is — and what is not — modern art
Painted during Reconstruction, this sentimental watercolor depicts the hope of transformation and possibility
This memorial honors three women who were victims of medical experimentation by the "father of gynecology"
Is this painting of five men, possibly formerly enslaved, working for the Union Army during the Civil War a product of racist stereotypes, or does it humanize its subjects?
Enslaved artist David Drake inscribed a poem onto this jug at a time when literacy among enslaved people was outlawed
The first monument to commemorate the over 4,000 African Americans who were lynched in the early 20th century.
Delaney celebrates the famous opera singer Marian Anderson as a modern icon of Black excellence and civil rights
Is the bird real or imagined?
A 2004 plaque is the only marker of burial grounds of enslaved people who died while enslaved by the University of Alabama and its faculty
A conversation that took place on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, just before the last Confederate monument on the boulevard was removed in September 2021
A horrifying painting of racial violence that can help us see where we are and where we need to be in terms of tolerance and empathy