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HARLEM RENAISSANCE ALPHABET

£160.00

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

Alphabet info:

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.