Topeka
Topeka

Not White Art Painted Black: A Tribute to Aaron Douglas

This exhibition visually explores the writings of Aaron Douglas (1899-1979), a Topeka native, and most accomplished and influential artist of the Harlem Renaissance. Through his art, Douglas combined elements of modern art and African culture, sharing the African-American experiences and exposing racism and segregation.

“Your problem, Langston, my problem, no our problem is to conceive, develop, establish an art era. Not white art painted black … Let’s bare our arms and plunge them deep through laughter, through pain, through sorrow, through hope, through disappointment, into the very depths of the souls of our people and drag forth material crude, rough, neglected. Then let’s sing it, dance it, write it, paint it.”- Aaron Douglas

NOTO Arts Center Morris Gallery

Not White Art Painted Black: A Tribute to Aaron Douglas