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Sculptor Augusta Savage in her studio working on her 1939 New York World's Fair monument Lift Every Voice and Sing. Image courtesy of Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.

Searching for Augusta Savage

Art Films and Special Screenings

  • Saturday, June 22, 2024
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Talks
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required
  • Drop-In Registration

Join us for a screening of Searching for Augusta Savage introduced by host and narrator Jeffreen M. Hayes, followed by a discussion with filmmakers Charlotte Mangin and Sandra Rattley.

Searching for Augusta Savage documents artist Augusta Savage (1892–1962), a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance. A sculptor and art educator, Savage was one of the first Black women art activists of her time and fought for the inclusion of Black artists in the mainstream. She also opened the first gallery in the United States dedicated to African American art. In the film, art historian Jeffreen M. Hayes explores Savage's legacy, and why her artwork has been largely erased. Hayes curated the exhibition Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman and serves as the executive director of Threewalls. (Charlotte Mangin and Sandra Rattley, 23 minutes)

Followed by A Study of Negro Artists, an early documentary study of Black artists at work. Featuring Lois Mailou Jones, Aaron Douglas, Augusta Savage, and other Black luminaries, the silent film captures their artistry in a pivotal moment. (Jules V.D. Bucher, 1935, 27 minutes)

This program was made possible by Darryl Atwell.

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Jeffreen M. Hayes, Augusta Savage: A Woman of Her Word