The Harmon | Nashville Public Radio

Event Details

  • January 8, 2018 to
    April 7, 2018
  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • $0-$10
  • $10 admission, $6 seniors and groups of 10+, $5 students, free for 18s and under


Event Description

James A. Porter, Woman Holding a Jug, 1930.

Fisk University Galleries celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Harmon Foundation gift to them with solo exhibitions of artists promoted by it through April 7th at the Carl Van Vechten Gallery. The exhibit "The Harmon" will highlight a range of twentieth-century African-American & African artists included in the Harmon gift. The Harmon Foundation was founded by real-estate developer William E. Harmon in New York City in 1922. The Foundation highlighted the achievements of African-American artists through exhibitions & awards with cash prizes from 1926 to 1930. The Foundation aimed to make it possible for African-American artists to continue to achieve excellence within their field. Its promotion of their work made a profound impact on American culture in the 20th century and influenced a generation of artists. In 1967 the Harmon Foundation distributed its world-class collection to select institutions, including the Smithsonian, Hampton University, and Fisk University. Aaron Douglas, founding chair of Fisk’s art department, was instrumental in bringing the Harmon Foundation works to Fisk. The Harmon allowed artists to share their voices and reach broad audiences at a time when they could not.

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