The Harlem Renaissance Discussion Questions

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The Harlem Renaissance was a rich period of art and culture in the history of America. It coincided with the Jazz Era when many top African-American musicians performed. It was also a great literary movement. Many Black authors used African-American artworks as illustrations for their writings.

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Part 1 In the early twentieth century, large numbers of African Americans moved from the rural South to the urban North to escape Jim Crow oppression and seek economic opportunities. In 1940-41, artist Jacob Lawrence addressed this subject in a series of captioned paintings he titled The Migration of the Negro. He painted in a simplified, geometric style he called dynamic cubism. Each picture was accompanied by a short narrative description. Looking at his art, how would you describe dynamic cubism? In what ways does Lawrence use dynamic cubism to express these narratives? Use the slides of Panel 42 and 52 to support your comments. Panel 42: "They also made it very difficult for migrants leaving the South. They often went to railroad stations and arrested the Negroes wholesale, which in turn made them miss their trains." Panel 52: "One of the most violent race riots occurred in East St. Louis." Can you find further works by Jacob Lawrence? How do they illustrate Dynamic Cubism? Feel free to add other points, information or resources about Jacob Lawrence as well. Part2: The Harlem Renaissance was a rich period of art and culture in the history of America. It coincided with the Jazz Era when many top African-American musicians performed. It was also a great literary movement. Many Black authors used African-American artworks as illustrations for their writings. explore some other examples of art by these artists online. What subjects do we see in the art of the Harlem Renaissance that illustrate this exciting era of American history? Feel free to expand upon the prompt and add resources or topics related to the music, arts, writing and history of the Harlem Renaissance. Aaron Douglas, The Prodigal Son. ...
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Running head: HARLEM RENAISSANCE

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Part 1
Dynamic cubism represents an art form that depicts pictorial narratives in sequential
order from the left to the right; much like the text forms of the same narratives. In Jacob
Lawrence’s work, there is an application of dynamic cubism to narrative the ordeals of the
African Americans are they migrated from the South to escape oppression under Jim Crow and
to seek better economic chances in the North. His series, “The Migration of Negro”, he reviews
these experiences through his art style that he termed as dynamic cubism. The series features flat
colours in bold expression, as well as irregular compositions that are applied to create d...

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