Art 287 paper 2

Art 287 paper 2 - Before the banjo was popularized in...

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Before the banjo was popularized in contemporary music culture it was the synonymous with black slave culture. The banjo played a role in the development of the stereotype of black men being half witted fools who found over exaggerated pleasure in music. The popular stereotype showed the black man playing a banjo and performing for a usually white audience. This stereotype was damaging to the African American society because it portrayed the black man as one dimensional and a dunce. Through art many African-American artists made efforts portray African Americans in a positive light; to elevate status through representation. Dox Thrash’s etching and acquaint piece entitled Played Out and Henry O Tanner’s painting The Banjo Player address the stereotype of the foolish black man who is subservient and is easily amused by music. The two pieces comment on the inaccuracy of the banjo playing subservient black man stereotype and on the influence of music in African American society. Thrash’s piece Dox Thrash’s piece Played Out shows an African American man sitting with a banjo on his lap. The body language of the figure suggests the man is overwhelm and tired. The artist
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course ART 287 taught by Professor Bowles during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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