Dec 8–Dec 20, 1936

Paintings and Sculpture by American Negro Artists

From the exhibition announcement, written by Inez Cunningham Stark:

The Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago announces an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by American Negro artists. It represents a wide range of environment and a vast difference in degree of success. Some of the pieces have been shown in various museums and at the Texas Exposition, some have never been seen before except at the Harmon Foundation in New York. The exhibition is held together however by a common racial striving and a common aspiration toward the expression of American life. Some of the artists represented are Richmond Barthe of whom the great Swedish sculptor Carl Milles speaks with great admiration, Malvin Grey Jonson well known in New York, Suzanna Ogunjami the daughter of an African chief lately come to America and who promises to be an influence among her people in New York, Otis Gilbraith, Palmer Hayden and others. We acknowledge with pride the Negro’s place in American artistic life and hope that this exhibition will in some measure show his progress in painting and sculpture as it has already been shown in music.

December 8 to December 20, daily, including Sunday, from two to five, 205 Wieboldt Hall