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Place, Culture, and Representation

The Art and Politics of the Harlem Renaissance

Essential Questions

  • How did Harlemites define themselves through images (both illustrative and photographic), and how did those images contribute to the visual, cultural, and political identity of Harlem?
  • What contexts and factors (political, cultural, economic) give rise to historical change?
  • What contexts and factors contribute to the development of new cultural identities and affiliations?
  • How can images and photography serve the formation of cultural, social, and geographic identities?
  • How can artistic expression also function as a political statement or social critique?
  • Are the arts—and photographs in particular—effective agents for social change and social critique?

Grade Level

Middle & High School

Classroom Connections

English Language Arts
Social Studies
U.S. History

Curriculum Snapshot

The Harlem Renaissance


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