Visiting History: African American Art

High school teachers in the 2012-2013 Unveiling History TAH project examine race through works of art on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C.

Dog Swap (1881), by Richard Norris Brooke

In this segment, teachers begin by noting their observations about the painting and then contextualize with their knowledge about life for African Americans after the Civil War.

Community (1986) (study for mural), by Jacob Lawrence

Visiting the south: What details can you identify to tell you more about the painter’s perspective and views of segregation in the 20th century?

SOB, SOB (2003), by Kerry James Marshall

Close reading: Teachers point out how specific details inform their interpretations of the painting.