As we have entered into February a time when we celebrate the contributions of the African-American in history. We remember those who were in every aspect of the arts. The promotion of black artist in 1926 by the Harmon Foundation had for over a decade witnessed a profusion of creativity from their artist and scholars.
The ascendancy of African-American leaderships and urban sensibilities which had been developing since the collapse of slavery. With the new configuration of organization and social classes and the political ideologies fostered by upward mobility, many African-American artist saw this period as an opportunity to re-examine their history with greater insight and self-appreciation. We will take a look at some of the artist of the Harmon Foundation.
The African-American pride in the arts continue as they continue to write the pages of history. There is always a need to show children the contributions to history by the African-American. Teachers, writers, poets, singers, visual artist all play apart in this growth in education and leadership. Many have become noted on pages of excellence, determination and leadership. The African-American history is not just for the month of February but everyday of the year. Here are a few of these artist in this two part special edition.
Daniel Freeman, was the first black photographer in Washington who installed the District of Columbia exhibit.
King Daniel Ganaway, (1883-?) was employed as a butler while teaching himself the techniques of photography. He became a staff photographer with the Chicago Newspaper, “The Bee”
Allan Freelon (1895-1960) was a member of the Philadelphia group of artist and writers. He was associated with the new movement of artist and severed as editor of the magazine, “Black Opals”. Freelon an academically trained artist who chose not to follow the polemic path of the 1920’s New Negro Movement but found his own voice. When the Harmon Foundation began a series of annual art exhibits, Freelon was one of its regular exhibitors which helped establish his position as one of the premier artist of the period.
William Farrow (1885-1967) wrote a regular column for the “Chicago Defender” entitled , “Art In The Home”, and published other articles on the activities of black artist in Chicago.
The photo is digital and was taken on the tracks from union station as the train was pulling away. It ‘s a metaphor which reminds me that in the distance there is always something new.
To be continued…..
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