I, Too, Sing America

On View October 19, 2018 – January 20, 2019


“I, Too, Sing America is a unique moment in the fabric of this country. It’s an epic exhibition.”
-Guest Curator Wil Haygood


I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement that resonated well beyond the geographic boundaries of the New York neighborhood in which it was born. This original exhibition and its accompanying book are the culmination of decades of research by guest curator and Columbus native Wil Haygood, who has written award-winning biographies of 20th-century Harlem figures Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson, and Thurgood Marshall. In addition to notable paintings by Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, and many more, the exhibition presents rarely seen photographs by James Van Der Zee, as well as, hundreds of vernacular photographs from an outstanding private collection. A selection of books, music, films, and posters from the period further showcases the innovative and expansive cultural output produced in Harlem and elsewhere. The range of works sheds light on the ways in which artists, writers, filmmakers, and performers transformed representations of black experience in America.

I, Too, Sing America is part of a Columbus citywide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. Visit www.cbusharlem100.org for more Harlem Renaissance events in Columbus. 

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Member Evening 
I, Too, Sing America
Friday, October 19, 5:00 PM– 8:00 PM
Members and their guests get an exclusive, private viewing of I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 after CMA closes to the public. The evening includes light refreshments, a docent-led tour, and a special lecture at 6:00 PM by Guest Curator Wil Haygood.

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Harlem Renaissance Community Day
Sunday, October 28, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The entire community is invited for a fun, free day of art exploration at CMA. Bring family and friends and celebrate the legacy of the Harlem Renaissance. At 1:00 PM, head to the Studio for a make-and-take activity inspired by I, Too, Sing America. At 2:00 PM, enjoy a concert by the Denison University Gospel Choir. Initiate a conversation with one of CMA’s Roaming Docents from 12:00 PM-2:00 PM in the companion exhibition Looking for Langston. Join a gallery talk at 11:00 AM or 3:00 PM of I, Too Sing America with Theresa Leininger Miller of the University of Cincinnati.

Don’t miss the Community Day special in the Museum Store: $10 off the exhibition catalogue; regular price $55, Community Day price $45. All are welcome, no registration requested.

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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a grant from PNC Arts Alive.

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[Image: Allan Rohan Crite, School’s Out, 1936. Oil on canvas, 30 1/4 x 36 1/8 in. (76.9 x 91.8 cm.). Smithsonian American Art Museum,Transfer from General Services Administration]