Clark Atlanta University Art Museum’s Art Works to be Featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s (MET) Harlem and Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism Exhibition

AU Alumni invited to Join Museum Director Dr. Danille Taylor at the MET  

Sunday, February 25, 2024, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Clark Atlanta University continues to make history as its museum’s artwork will be on display at the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York City. Clark Atlanta University Art Museum is one of several HBCU museums selected to have its art included in the Harlem and Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism Exhibition. This is the first art survey on the Harlem Renaissance since 1987 and reframes how we understand the role of African American art, artistic movements, and the Renaissance itself. 

The exhibition is scheduled to run from February 25 through July 28, 2024, and CAU alumni are invited to meet Dr. Danille Taylor, CAU’s Museum Director on Sunday, February 25, 2024, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the MET located at 1000 5th Ave. New York, NY 100 28.  

Having five artworks from Clark Atlanta Art Museum included in the Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism exhibition is testimony to the breadth of our permanent collection,” said Danille Taylor, Ph.D., CAUAM’s Director. “The complexity of paint textures and radiance of her blue dress conveys a regalness. The CAUAM and other HBCU collections are central to the narratives about African American art histories now being rewritten and exhibited with increased frequency. The MET can display The Woman in Blue (1943) because they understood that conserving the work benefited us both. This is a wonderful opportunity to share our art on a major platform with art lovers in New York City and the entire Northeast.” 

CAUAM’s Woman in Blue (1943), a painting by William H. Johnson, is the signature image for all media and banners for the exhibition. The portrait is of an African American woman in a vibrant blue dress, staring straight ahead but facing forward, seated sideways on a wooden chair.  The CAUAM also loaned the MET four additional pieces: Woman with Kerchief (1939) by William Artis, Mr. and Mrs. Barton (1942) by John N. Robinson Jr., Friends ((1942) by Margaret Taylor Goss, and Pickets (1946) by Roy DeCarava. Denise Murrell Ph.D., the Merryl H. & James S. Tisch Curator at Large at the MET, researched and traveled to several HBCUs over a two-year period to identify pieces for the exhibition.  

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Jolene Butts Freeman, AVP Communications and Media Relations