Black History

These stories illuminate the cultural contributions of Black artists and creatives from both Africa and the global diaspora.

Detail of Romare Bearden's "The Block,"  a collage of diverse elements including urban scenes, portraits, and abstract shapes in a vibrant composition.

The Block

I am startled by the intimacy the mural grants us.
Detail of Augusta Savage's sculpture "Lift Every Voice and Sing

Harlem Is Everywhere: Episode 5, Art as Activism

What was the political legacy of the Harlem Renaissance?
Harlem Is Everywhere" episode 4 art, featuring Jacob Lawrence's "Pool Parlor

Harlem Is Everywhere: Episode 4, Music & Nightlife

What were the sounds of the Harlem Renaissance?
Portrait of woman dressed in heavy garment and fur. Her expression is calm, while her arm rests on the wooden table.

At the Reception

For me the photograph speaks to optical illusion, to ambiguity, to the blurring of immediate impressions and assumptions.

Defying Gravity

Learn about the transformative collaboration between the designer Zelda Wynn Valdes and the entertainer Joyce Bryant.

Exhibition Tour—The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism

Join Dr. Denise M. Murrell, Merryl H. and James S. Tisch Curator at Large in The Met’s Director's Office, for a virtual tour of the groundbreaking exhibition The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism.

Harlem Is Everywhere" episode 3 art, featuring Aaron Douglas's portrait of Zora Neale Hurston

Harlem Is Everywhere: Episode 3, Art & Literature

How did the literature of the Harlem Renaissance play a central role in conversations around Black identity?
Harlem Is Everywhere podcast art for episode 1 featuring Samuel Joseph Brown, Jr.'s Self-Portrait in blue

Harlem Is Everywhere: Episode 1, The New Negro

What was the Harlem Renaissance?
Episode artwork for Harlem Is Everywhere, featuring James Van Der Zee's "Couple, Harlem," with a Black couple in fur coats posing next to a cadillac

Harlem Is Everywhere: Episode 2, Portraiture & Fashion

What role did fashion play in the Harlem Renaissance?
Harlem Is Everywhere podcast artwork featuring William Henry Johnsons's "Street Life, Harlem

Harlem Is Everywhere, A New Podcast from The Met

How music, fashion, literature, and art shaped a modern Black identity during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond
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