“Art in Crisis: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Struggle for African American Identity and Memory” is an essential historical document and cultural reading. The writings capture the essential framework of the art during the era of the “New Negro” also known as the Harlem Renaissance. This is due to the work detailing a “visual vocabulary” for the “New Negro” that W.E.B. Du Bois believed was essential to the future of the race. He detailed the importance of the visual to a culture in its definition and uplifting, essentially making the argument of symbolism to cultural identity and uplift. From political cartoons to magazine covers of the magazine Du Bois edited, The Crisis, there is a long visual history from 1910 to 1934 of empowerment through imagery. Images are essential to culture. Take advantage of this great read!
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