This course will focus on the period of the Harlem Renaissance through the lens of art, music and literature. The 1910s through the mid-1930s is considered to be a historical golden age in Black culture, manifesting in literature, music, stage performance and art in the Harlem neighborhood. We will explore historical causes, politics and the context of how the Harlem neighborhood became a Black cultural mecca where creatives from the community experienced an era of mainstream success. While focusing on works by visual artists, musicians and writers who were active during the period, the course includes a historical overview of the Great Migration through an inquiry-based discussion of Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series (1940-1941). In addition, we will cover the “architects” and community leaders of the Harlem Renaissance, such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Alain LeRoy Locke, who played significant roles in supporting and creating opportunities for Black artists in their community.
NOTE: CTLE hours can be awarded upon successful completion of this course. Please contact the Art Education Department via email at [email protected] or by phone at 212.592.2445. This course is fully online and offered through a combination of synchronous hours as indicated as well as two hours of asynchronous lectures and discussions each week. Students are invited to attend regularly scheduled online sessions during the listed course hours.