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JACOB LAWRENCE, “The Swearing In,” 1977 (silkscreen). | Gift of Dr. Herbert J. Kayden and Family in memory of Dr. Gabrielle H. Reem, 2013.110. © 2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

JACOB LAWRENCE, “The Swearing In,” 1977 (silkscreen). | Gift of Dr. Herbert J. Kayden and Family in memory of Dr. Gabrielle H. Reem, 2013.110. © 2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

African American artist Jacob Lawrence and wife, fellow artist Gwendolyn Knight. Lawrence referred to his style as “dynamic cubism”, though by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem.

African American artist Jacob Lawrence and wife, fellow artist Gwendolyn Knight. Lawrence referred to his style as “dynamic cubism”, though by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem.

Zulu in Leopard Costume, 1853. South Africa. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Ross Family Fund Gift, 2006 (2006.591).

Zulu in Leopard Costume, 1853. South Africa. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Ross Family Fund Gift, 2006 (2006.591).

Romare Bearden: Family, 1986 http://www.flickr.com/photos/americanartmuseum/4405957637/in/set-72157623860986239/

Romare Bearden: Family, 1986 http://www.flickr.com/photos/americanartmuseum/4405957637/in/set-72157623860986239/

Tanekeya Word title: "Home Court Advantage" medium: mixed media on watercolor paper year: 2013

Tanekeya Word title: "Home Court Advantage" medium: mixed media on watercolor paper year: 2013

In 1938 Palmer Hayden during the Harlem Renaissance, he created "Midsummer Night in Harlem". Hayden portrays this painting as a growing community comparing the Africans Americans back in the Harlem Renaissance as a growing community.

In 1938 Palmer Hayden during the Harlem Renaissance, he created "Midsummer Night in Harlem". Hayden portrays this painting as a growing community comparing the Africans Americans back in the Harlem Renaissance as a growing community.