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Sargent Johnson

As part of the New Negro movement of the early 20th century, Sargent Johnson created sculptures, paintings, prints, and large-scale friezes that explored African American identity, replacing negative stereotypes with celebratory, ennobling, and dignified representations.

This segment devoted to Johnson's life and work is part of the larger feature Voices and Images of California Art, which highlights 11 of California's most celebrated artists through a combination of audio and video clips, artwork reproductions, photographs, and other documents.