Providing History Paintings an African American Voice
Whose paintings are missing from the history books?
African American artists have examined and reimagined how history is told through their art. While artists of color have used creative works to convey historical and political messages throughout the last century, recent art exploring these themes has drastically increased as artists struggle to grapple with complex historical legacies. Artists have used painting, collage, and sculpture to expand people of color’s inclusion in historical narratives, including with the revision of traditional historical scenes, the expansion of the inclusion and portrayal of African Americans in art, and the celebration of famous African Americans overlooked in prior history scenes.