Project

Mixed Media: The Visual Cultures of Racial Integration, 1931-1954

Program

Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art , ACLS Project Development Grants

Department

Art, Design, and Art History

Abstract

Spanning the Scottsboro Boys trial to Brown v. Board of Education, this project investigates black and white artists’ efforts to achieve racial integration in their imagery as well as within art institutions. Chapters address images of racial solidarity produced in New Deal art programs, Jacob Lawrence’s paintings of the armed forces’ desegregation, and black modernists’ efforts to claim abstraction as an integrationist visual style. The grant will support research in Washington, DC at the Archives of American Art, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.