African american art is a broad term describing the visual arts of the american black community african americans influenced by various cultural traditions including those of africa europe and the americas traditional african american art forms include the range of plastic arts from basket weaving pottery and quilting to woodcarving . The black arts movement or bam was an african american led art movement active during the 1960s and 1970s through activism and art bam created new cultural institutions and conveyed a message of black pride famously referred to as the aesthetic and spiritual sister of black power bam applied these same political ideas to art and literature the movement resisted traditional western . African american art harlem renaissance civil rights era and beyond presents works dating from the early 1920s through the 2000s by black artists who participated in the multivalent dialogues about art identity and the rights of the individual that engaged american society throughout the twentieth century. Presenting concise overviews of artists and movements that are uniquely american these volumes distill the essence of their subjects with authoritative texts and lavish illustrations a visual celebration of african american art from its beginnings in colonial america up to the present day. African american art harlem renaissance civil rights era and beyond presents a selection of paintings sculpture prints and photographs by forty three black artists who explored the african american experience from the harlem renaissance through the civil rights era and the decades beyond w
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