Presentation on theme: "American artist and political activist"— Presentation transcript:
1 American artist and political activist Romare BeardenAmerican artist and political activist
2 Biography Born in 1911 in North Carolina Attended Lincoln University, Boston College and NYUHad a career as a social worker and worked on art at night and on weekendsSpecialized in collage, painting, and political activismMarried Nanette Rohan in 1954 whom he (and his 3 beloved cats) lived with for the remainder of their livesDied in 1988 in New York CitySo how old was he when he died? (76)
3 InspirationsHarlem Renaissance- cultural movement in the 1920s called the “new negro movement” made up of black writers, intellectuals, visual artists and musiciansAfrican American historyJazz and Blues music (Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald)He grew up about 50 years after the civil war (which ended in 1865) slavery was abolished. Blacks were gaining more and more rights and were speaking out about their cultureBeraden made work about many different subjects in many different places but today we’ll focus on his work in Harlem, New York.
4 Collage Materials Photographs Magazine pieces Colored paper Foil Art postersRomare Bearden collected many different materials from popular sources, such as magazines and newspapers that depicted blacks in a negative light. He repurposed these materials and turned them into collages that celebrated black culture.
5 Art in ActivismRomare Bearden did not agree with the how the media portrayed blacks, so he took matters into his own hands.He created his own imagery painting a different picture, one that praised the black community and celebrated its culture, and shared it with the world through his art.Bearden used his artwork and writing to speak up for a variety of social issues and empower black artists
6 CosmopolitanHere are some popular magazines from today. What does these images and headlines say about our culture? What do they portray?
8 PeopleAsk for comments about the images seen here
9 Our Task What kind of imagery do we have in the media today? What messages are the images in magazines and newspapers sending?Are these messages negative or positive?Using Romare Bearden’s style of reusing images, create a collage that sends a message that your group wants to share with the world.