Century African-American Artists

Twentieth Century African-American Artists; Postmodern Architecture” Please respond to one (1) of the following, using sources under the Explore heading as the basis of your response:

  • Choose two (2) of the following late 20th century African-American artists, and compare and contrast their art: Bearden, Lawrence, Basquiat, or Colescott. Describe specific elements of the works from the chosen artists that represent the multiplicity of the African-American experience. Identify one (1) of these works (or some other by an African American artist) that you would like in your workplace, and explain why.
  • Choose one (1) example of architecture that you believe best exemplifies the characteristic post-modern style. Provide a rationale for your selection, and describe two (2) of the features of post-modern style that you find intriguing.




African American Artists of the Twentieth Century


  • Chapter 35 (p. 1167) and Chapter 36 (p. 1180) on Jacob Lawrence
  • Chapter 39 (pp. 1285-1286) on Romare Bearden
  • Chapter 40 (pp. 1326-1327) on Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Jacob Lawrence, New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at http://www.moma.org/collection/artist.php?artist_id=3418
  • Basquiat and Robert Colescott, Washington DC’s Corcoran Museum at http://www2.corcoran.org/30americans/artists/
  • Romare Bearden video, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art at http://www.sfmoma.org/explore/multimedia/videos/205


Postmodern Architecture


  • Chapter 40 (pp. 1312-1321) for examples of post-modern architecture
  • Post-modern buildings of renown: http://www.greatbuildings.com/types/styles/post_modern.html