How can art reveal missing perspectives in history? How can we research and report on the founding, shifting, and evolving perspectives on race in American history? Why is it important to look back at history in order to move forward?
For thousands of years, artists have depicted historical scenes and events. The African American artists introduced here—Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon and Romare Bearden—reveal missing perspectives that have not traditionally been presented in art. Study these artists to understand how they re-tell, re-shape, and re-imagine historical narratives. Then research the history of the Founding Fathers and slavery in the United States.
Click on each artist button at right to view detailed screens about the artist and his or her works. Be sure to click on all images, view all videos, read all documents, and use the zoom tool to look closely at the works of art.