the Black Board - (justice harper)

Hello and welcome to The Black Board, A gallery exhibition to commemorate to some of the great work of art made by African Americans to highlight their contribution to American culture artistically, socially and politically. Here you will get to witness some of the formal elements of art and principles of design such as color and contrast in order to capture the most empowering, inspirational, and enlightening messages that artist are trying to portray.

In this piece the late artist Critchlow shows a little girl in a pastel yellow dress, which stands out against the dark green garden but again united with the bright pastel colors of the flowers behind her. The girl is seen looking up joyously at the sky while holding a basket of pastel colored flowers. This image is powerful because the artist created this piece during a time of racial and civil unrest. To depict a little girl still joyous even living in the era she was born in was important and brought back the innocents of a child. It can also be implied though the use of color. Notice much of the painting is dark, with small spots of bright colors shining through the dark background. The girls dress continues to carry on this theme as it contrast with the darker background.
With bright colors contrasting the harsh dark colors of the musicians, this piece sends your eyes flowing across every corner of this painting. the subjects in this piece is seen enjoying themselves as they play their instruments. This is a great example of African-Americans making an identity for them self during the Harlem renaissances. Jazz and blues became extremely popular with African Americans during this time, which is what helped to inspire this piece.
This piece is an excellent example of contrast with the red and the green used in this piece. This effect creates visual interest as they both complement each other. This image is of a girl sitting gracefully on what looks to be a stoop or a bed. Her pose can be compared to that of a 17th century work in Europe. Often times portraits during that time period depicted a person of wealth or importance in a similar fashion. Usually not looking at artist and sitting gracefully for a piece. It is no mistake that this artist may have been inspired to paint a picture similar in stature but reflected in his own way; thereby naming this piece "Street Princess".
Judging by the name of the this piece, this work depicts three sisters preparing to being baptized at a church. instead of the bright eye catching colors to make this piece work, the late Ernest Crichlow did this piece in a grayscale. using gray, white, and black to create this characters shown in this scene. all the woman seem to be looking at the first sister, who is probably next to be baptized . They don't appear to be scared of nervous about the baptism but standing tall and ready as that watch and another woman beings prepared to go down. Except, however, for the middle sister who seems to be swaying to the right.
This oil painting it by Ann Tanksley here we see orange, yellow and red landscape where nine workers wearing white shirts, blue or green pants and yellow sun hats while they all dig a trench in the orange dirt. There seems to be different color pillars which could possibly be trees surrounding them. These "trees" stand tales they lead your all up and down the painting. However the men that dig are placed in different directs all opposing each other which leads your around the painting the forwards the the gray mountains in the background.
In Palmer C Haydens, Beale Street Blues, your eyes suddenly dance across the painting. Hayden famous for his storying telling with in his painting s,using color to communicate the emotion in this picture. He used bright joyous colors to help set the mood for this picture. the painting seems to focus on the woman in the middle in dancing to what the viewer would assume to be blues music with the man who is behind her. she wears a bright yellow and crimson red skirt. here you can also see her surround by other men. some who are playing music from their saxophones and others sitting probably just enjoying the atmosphere. while others seem to be mingling in the back ground. The piece is very crowded and it can be assumed that it is at a party that is taking place outside.
This piece depicts a scene from the great African american folklore John Henry. A man who claimed he was faster then a steam drilling machine. He would prove himself right when he beat the drill but then died with his hammer in his hand soon after. This piece by Palmer C. Haydens captures the scene after John Henry passed after his triumph. The looks on everyone face looks to be a mix between shocked and sadden. People of all races come and look at what had taken place. There is a certain amount of contrast in this picture if looked at carefully. Those closes to him appear to black while those farther away are of different races. I could implied that the ones who are closer are friends or family who believed in him. Notice the bottom edges seem to be darker as apposed to the middle and upper right. This helps to draw attention to the main subject and darker color as your eye travels down to john henry could be setting the tone to represent his demise.
This piece by the well known Norman Rockwell shows 2 child who just moved to the neighborhood during a time of racial unrest. On one side who have the two black children and to contrast on the other you have three white children. It can be assumed that even on a smaller scale they are a minority in this neighborhood. There are a lot of this that are symbolically contracted in this picture. For instance on both opposing sides you have a cat (on the colored children side) and a dog (on the white children's side) both animals who historically do not get along well. which is used as representation of the tension between the two. Similarly notice the baseball gloves between the two kids. Both the children have one this could represent how they are same, but the animals represent how the are different. In addition the line work and color help to square in on the scene in the middle. the parallel lines used int he side walk help to bow in the children the focus remains on them. the Yellow hair and furniture also help to guild your eye to the left and balance the painting.
This famous piece by Norman Rockwell depicts a young girl walking (first day at school) in a white dress holding school books and ruler. There are 4 official looking, faceless men accompanying her, dressed in gray and brown suits. All of them have yellow harm bands on with blue writing. in the background you can see a vandalized building with racial slurs and domestic terrorist names written on them. In the bottom right corner by one the men feet you can see a tomato that had thrown. Probably aimed at the young girl. In this picture the girls white dress contrast with the girls dark skin. the men are so symmetrical to each other in a translational way.
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