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Exhibition May 3 − July 28, 2019

Augusta Savage: Woman of Rebirth

New York Historical Society presents an exhibition Augusta Savage: Woman of the Renaissance.

The artist Augusta Savage (1892–1962) overcame poverty, racism and sexual discrimination, becoming one of America’s most influential artists of the 20th century. Her sculptures glorify African-American culture, and her work as an art teacher, activist and leader of the Harlem Renaissance became a catalyst for social change.

This exhibition explores Savage's enduring legacy through her own work and the work of young artists she inspired, including Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000), Gwendoline Knight (1913–2005) and Norman Lewis (1901–1979). More than 50 works of art and archival materials highlight Savage’s artistic vision, as well as its deep influence on its students and community.

Based on the materials of the official site New York Historical Society.

Photo: Corrado Serra (