- Harlem 1948, Ralph Ellison, Gordon Parks and the photo essay
- Thelma Streat, Girl with Bird
- Charles Sebree, The Mystic
- Cars, highways, and isolation in Postwar America
- Identity and civil rights in 1960s America
- A mine disaster and those left behind: Ben Shahn's Miner's Wives
- Romare Bearden, Three Folk Musicians
- Brummett Echohawk, An Island of Redbuds on the Cimarron
- Ringgold, Dancing at the Louvre
Thelma Streat, Girl with Bird
- Streat’s small portrait of a young girl exhibits her abstracted style featuring simplified forms and bold, flat areas of color. This style is influenced by a number of sources, including her experience with mural painting and her study of the art of various indigenous cultures from around the world.
- Streat was a visual artist, singer, dancer, choreographer, and ethnographer. Throughout her work, she celebrated and defended African American identity. She also addressed the universality of humans through references to the specificity of shared qualities of people across cultures, particularly people of color.
More to Think About
Consider how this portrait feels both universal and specific at the same time. Share and debate your ideas with classmates.
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