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African American Art

Visit Pratt Electronic News Stand for access to digital periodicals the library subscribes such as: Callaloo, Black Elegance, African Arts, and African American Review. You will be required to provide your library card number in order to access them outside of the library.


Culture Type
Blog of an enthusiast that offers reviews of books and catalogs, highlights relevant magazine articles, announces exhibitions, and features exclusive interviews.
Indiana University Art Museum - African American Art collection
Includes sample prints, drawings, conceptual works and photographs from 14 African American artists, as well as descriptions of the works, and biographical information about the artist.
International Review of African American Art
Archive of a journal from the Museum of African American Art  (Santa Monica, CA) and Hampton University. Browse, or perform a keyword search to bring up pre-2017 results. Print issues dating back to 1984 are available through the Periodicals Department.
National Gallery of Art - African American Artists Collection Highlights
"Offers commentary on a selection of twenty-three paintings, works on paper, and sculptures ranging from a still-life painting ... to modern and contemporary pieces ..." Click here to view in a format that offers additional information under the categories of Artist Information, Bibliography, Exhibition History, Location, and Provenance.
Questioning the Canon: some works by contemporary African American artists at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Eighteen works and accompanying descriptions present "alternative narratives" that "address the foundations of traditional Western art".
Smithsonian - Encyclopedia
Offers online exhibitions, fact sheets, activities & games, and more. Use the column on the left to limit by topic (e.g. African American History and Culture, Africa History and Culture, and African Art), or search by keyword, category, or format .
Smithsonian- Archives of American Art- Research Collections
Includes fully digitized collections (i.e. artists' papers, etc.), oral history interviews, and an image and media gallery. Click on "Collections by Topic" in order to browse using the limiter "African American".
Studio Museum of Harlem - Studio Magazine
Features articles, artwork, annotations, biographical information about artists, interviews, memoriams, exhibition schedules, etc.
Swann Auction Galleries - African American Fine Art
Offers past catalogues from this auction house. Presents in magazine format with many  images of artwork alongside descriptions of it and its artist, if viewed in the 3-D option. Solely recommended for research purposes.


Black Thought and Culture

Black Thought and Culture from Alexander Street Press connects students and researchers with works by leading African Americans. More than 100,000 pages of monographs, speeches, essays, articles and interviews, written by leaders within the black community from earliest times to 1975, illustrate the evolution of what it means to "be black". Teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, veterans, entertainers and others are represented.


Maintained by the staff of the African American Department, State Library Resource Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library