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JP Lyninger III African American Art to 1920 Reading Assignment 10 The Social Origins of American Negro Art W.E.B. DuBois’ essay on the state of African American art at the time of writing opens with a question: ‘Is there any body of artistic expression which can be fairly called American Negro art?’ DuBois answer appears to be ‘little, if any from professionals.’ DuBois lists contemporary black painters and writers, but decries their lack of racial awareness in their work, particularly the lack of black subject matter, and if nothing else their lack of place in a greater black artistic movement. Rather, DuBois places the label of American Negro art on biographies of ‘former slaves and colored men of
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Unformatted text preview: achievement, and also in poetry, essays and music. What Dubois particularly seeks is a school of expression (not necessarily of form) that would portray the uniqueness of black experience. He already sees music as having developed a uniquely black form and subject, and he sees advancement being made in the written word. In theatre, however, he sees mostly denial of black forms, and even a white washing of classical black characters like Othello. Dubois sees the rising of black art as an end to slaverys oppression of expression, and a way to raise black culture. The essay is as much a call to arms for those with artistic leanings as it is an essay exploring new black forms of art....
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2008 for the course PAS 310 taught by Professor Douglas during the Summer '07 term at University of Louisville.

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