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COLUMBUS, OH. – 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, an intellectual, social, and artistic explosion of African American culture that erupted in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City and spread across the cities of the greater Midwest, including Columbus, from 1918 to the 1950s. Organized by the Columbus Museum of Art with Guest Curator Wil Haygood, the exhibition I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 offers a fresh look at the visual art and material culture of this groundbreaking moment in American cultural history, and serves as an anchor in a citywide celebration of the Harlem Renaissance.
The Art Newspaper
A poem by Langston Hughes has lent its title to the exhibition I, Too, Sing America: the Harlem Renaissance at 100 (19 October-20 January 2019), which opens today at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. The show is a celebratory deep dive into this flourishing of African American culture, arts and intellectualism, which had its nexus in the uptown New York neighbourhood but fanned out across the country and still resonates deeply a century later.
I, Too, Sing America: 19 Oct 2018 — 20 Jan 2019 at the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, United States
Wall Street International Magazine
I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement that resonated well beyond the geographic boundaries of the New York neighborhood in which it was born.
The Columbus Dispatch
Journalist and author Wil Haygood, a Columbus native, curated the exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art.
For Wil Haygood, the title of an upcoming exhibit on the Harlem Renaissance serves as a reminder that the hopes of the 20th century have yet to be fully realized in the 21st.
The Harlem Renaissance, which started in 1918, was a cultural rebirth and resistance movement that led to an art explosion through the 1920s. Langston Hughes’ poem, “I, Too” is the essence of that spirit. For longtime art collector Larry James, who has served on the boards for several Columbus art institutions, the Harlem Renaissance was a perfect hook to showcase the city’s art scene and show how it has helped revitalize neighborhoods and downtown. “I thought it would be a fitting tribute to black American art … [to] show the diversity,” says James who saw potential in connecting organizations. “What if every place went to its own sweet spot?” With the help of Jami Goldstein of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the resulting effort is a wealth of exhibitions, performances and events paying tribute to how black artists have shaped American culture.
He was born three decades too late. But ask award-winning writer and Columbus native Wil Haygood about the Harlem Renaissance — the intellectual, social and artistic movement that made the Manhattan neighborhood a cultural hub following World War I before sweeping the country — and it’s clear his admiration for the period is personal.
Columbus Makes Art
IN THE 1940s, ’50s AND ’60s, THE SOUNDS OF JAZZ spilled out onto Mount Vernon Avenue and Long Street. Up-and-comers jammed with the masters they revered at the Yacht Club, the Pythian Theater and the 502 Club. Audiences clamored for performances at the Lincoln Theatre, the Cameo, the Dunbar and the Empress.
March 15, 2018 – WNCI 97.9
OK… When’s the last time you took in some extremely inspiring live, local entertainment?
Shadowbox Live has a show now running through May 20th titled, “The Dream” and I keep hearing incredible things about this production. So… I reached out to Stacie Boord, Executive Director of Shadowbox Live, to get some background on the show…. Now I can’t wait to go!
March 2nd, 2018 – Columbus Underground
Columbus arts organizations have teamed up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance with the commemoration, I Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100.
February 24, 2018 – The Columbus Dispatch
When the events and presentations around Black History Month fade into the background for another year, Columbus will continue celebrating the many influences of African-American artists, authors, musicians and more.
February 14, 2018 – The Columbus Navigator
The Harlem Renaissance may have taken place in New York City, but the impacts of this social and artistic explosion are evident throughout the United States.