yesterday I went to see this exhibition at musée du quai branly with @aubreyljohnson which left us speechless. The purpose of the exhibition isn't just a chronological history of African American from end of slavery to nowadays but to really let African American artists reapproriate their story and history and shine a light on their work.
  1. From the booklet: "What role did art play in the search for equality and an affirmation of black ident in segregated America ? The exhibition pays tribute to the African American artists and thinkers who contributed, throughout almost a century and a half of struggle, to blurring this discriminatory "color line".
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    Although the end of the American civil war in 1865 signaled the abolition of slavery, the racial demarcation line would continue to mark American society, as the militant w.e.b du bois foresaw in 1903 in The Soul of Black Folks. The exhibition returns to this dark period in the United States through a cultural history of its black artists, a major target of this discrimination.
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    From the racist themes of American vaudeville in the 19th century shows to the cultural and literary ferment of the Harlem Renaisse in the early 20th century, from the pioneers of black activism to the indictment of singer Billie Holiday, there are almost 150 years of artistic production -painting, sculpture, photography, cinema, music and literature- which attest to the rich creativity of the black protest"
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  9. See text above, very interesting to discover Bert Williams
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  10. Greatest singer period ?
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  11. And WEB Du Bois work
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  14. Tongue by Archibald J. Motley Jr
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  15. The plotters by Archibald J. Motley Jr
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  16. I love the art celebrating sport victories
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    Jack Johnson by Raymond Sanders
  17. Oliver W. Harrington
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    So many of his sketches were so actual I can't upload them all but look for them (btw I'm writing artists names for you to check them out if intrigued !)
  18. Meanwhile what the press said...
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  20. The part about lynchages was very hard to watch and there was Strange Fruits playing in that portion of the exhibit very powerful work about it.
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    And the other portion with articles and picture made me tear up and most important : the dates. This was really yesterday it's frightening
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  23. Into Bondage by Aaron Douglas
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  24. Mr Prejudice by Horace Pippin
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  25. Douglass Square by Allan Rohan Crite
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  26. I have so much pictures, I can't share everything, come see it ! I've learned so much historically and artistically !
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  31. Mood much ?
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  32. Deluxe by Ellen Gallagher
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  33. Origin of the Universe by Mickalene Thomas
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    Best reprise of the origin of the world ! And so much glitter
  34. We came to America by Faith Ringgold
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  35. "No matter how raggly the flag, it still got to tie us together" by Thornton Dial
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  36. Friendly reminder that history always repeats itself
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  37. The exhibition is in Paris til January 15th. Didn't hear about it traveling yet but will update if the curator annonces it