HARLEM RENAISSANCE ALPHABET
The Harlem Renaissance was the name given to the cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem between the end of World War I and the middle of the 1930s. During this period Harlem was a cultural centre, drawing black writers, artists, musicians, photographers, poets, and scholars. Many had come from the South, fleeing its oppressive system in order to find a place where they could freely express their talents.
Digital Collage Giclée Print
size: 990.6mm x 711.2mm (39" x 28")
Paper: Matt Ultra, 240gsm
A is for Armstrong – Louis Armstrong was best known for his audacious trumpet style and unique vocals.
B is for Burke - Selma Burke was a Sculptor who received national recognition for her portrait of Franklin D Roosevelt.
C is for Calloway - Cab Calloway was an energetic bandleader, singer, and all-around entertainer.
D is for Douglas - Aaron Douglas was a painter and the leading visual artist of the Renaissance.
E is for Ellington - Duke Ellington was one of the originators of big-band jazz.
F is for Flash Dancing - The Nicholas Brothers performed a highly acrobatic technique known as "flash dancing".
G is for Garvey - Marcus Garvey organised the first important Black Nationalist movement in the America.
H is for Hughes - Langston Hughes was one of the early innovators of Jazz Poetry.
I is for If - ‘If We Shall Die’ is the title of a poem written by Jamaican-born poet Claude McKay.
J is for Johnson - Williams H Johnson used a primitive style of painting to depict African-Americans street life.
K is for Krigwa - Krigwa Players was a prominent theatre group that performed in the basement of Harlem’s Public Library.
L is for Larsen - Nella Larsen was a novelist who explored the complex issues of racial identity.
M is for Motley - Archibald Motley was modernist painter best known for his paintings depicting social life and jazz culture.
N is for NAACP - The NAACP played a crucial role in the flourishing of the Renaissance.
O is for Opportunity - Opportunity magazine was an academic journal, which gave a voice to black culture.
P is for Philosophy - Alain Leroy Locke was an African-American philosopher, writer, educator, and patron of the arts.
Q is for Queen - Queen - The ‘Queen of Harlem’; Zora Neale Hurston was an author, folklorist, and anthropologist.
R is for Robeson - Paul Robeson was an exceptional athlete, actor, singer, cultural scholar, author and political activist.
S is for Smith - Bessie Smith is regarded as one of the greatest blues singers of her era.
T is for Tower - The Dark Tower was A’lelia Walker ‘s salon where she entertained Harlem writers, artists, musicians, politicians and socialites.
U is for Ubangi - The Ubangi Club showcased LGBT performers like popular Blues performer Gladys Bentley.
V is for Van Der Zee - James Van Der Zee was photographer best known for his portraits of black New Yorkers.
W is for Waters - Ethel Waters was a Blues and Jazz singer and Broadway actress.
X is for Malcolm X - Malcolm X Boulevard formerly known as Lenox Avenue was at the heart of African-American culture during the Renaissance.
Y is for Young - Kathleen Tankersley Young was a poet and editor during the Renaissance.
Z is for Zoot - The Zoot Suit is known for its extravagant design, and was worn by jazz musicians, entertainers and swing dancers.