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Happy Juneteenth, 19 June, 2021: Celebrating the newest National Holiday!

Friday, June 18, 2021 | Karl Cole

We know we’re a day early celebrating Juneteenth, but It’s about time! African Americans have been celebrating Juneteenth forever! The movement to make it a federal holiday was spearheaded ...

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African American History Month 2021 III

Monday, February 15, 2021 | Karl Cole

For my ongoing celebration of African American History month, let’s honor the life and work of Hughie Lee-Smith. He was one of many artists who matured during the Harlem Renaissance (1918– ...

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African American History Month 2021 II

Monday, February 8, 2021 | Karl Cole

February 4th was artist Nick Cave’s birthday, so let’s celebrate his art for African American History Month. ...

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African American History Month 2021 I

Monday, February 1, 2021 | Karl Cole

Let’s begin honoring African American History Month this year with the work of vernacular artist David Butler. His art reflects the long tradition of African-Caribbean influence in the art of ma ...

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Art for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | Karl Cole

In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I am recognizing an African American artist who was as committed to equality—especially for African American women—as MLK and expressed it ...

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National Illinois Day

Monday, December 7, 2020 | Karl Cole

Being an art historian originally from Illinois, you just know that I have to celebrate National Illinois Day with some art. I chose two fascinating artists from Chicago. ...

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Confronting Racism with Art

Monday, September 14, 2020 | Karl Cole

Unfortunately, African American artists in the 2000s continue to confront similar concerns that their forefathers addressed during the Harlem Renaissance. After nearly 100 years, issues of racism, job ...

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African American History Month 2020 VI

Monday, February 24, 2020 | Karl Cole

It is certainly true that, in the 21st century, more African American artists than ever before—in a wider range of expression—are participating in the American “art world.” As ...

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African American History Month 2020 V

Friday, February 14, 2020 | Karl Cole

Contemporary African American artists use diverse techniques, ideas, and the history of African Americans in works of art that speak in new and exciting ways, including these works from the 1980s and ...

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African American History Month 2020 IV

Friday, February 14, 2020 | Karl Cole

This year’s African American (Art) History Month series continues with Howardena Pindell and her work from the 1970s.  ...

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African American History Month 2020 III

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | Karl Cole

Today my series celebrating African American (Art) History Month 2020 continues with another artist who was part of groundbreaking African American artist collectives: Dindga McCannon.  ...

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African American History Month 2020 II

Monday, February 10, 2020 | Karl Cole

This week my 2020 African American (Art) History Month blog series continues with artists that figure prominently in the period of the Civil Rights Movement and were part of groundbreaking African Ame ...

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African American History Month 2020 I

Monday, February 3, 2020 | Karl Cole

Every year I like to feature African American artists whose work you may or may not have ever seen for African American History Month (February). I’m starting this year’s survey with artis ...

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LGBTQ History Month, Artist Recognition

Monday, October 21, 2019 | Karl Cole

October is LGBTQI+ History Month. I can’t think of a better way to mark the occasion than by featuring the work of an African American artist who is truly historic for his accomplishments i ...

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Recognizing Pride Month, Part 2

Monday, June 24, 2019 | Karl Cole

Last week I featured an artist from the 1800s, Mary Ann Willson, for Pride Month 2019. Today I continue my Pride Month posts with a look at contemporary artist Glen Ligon. ...

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COLD

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | Karl Cole

It’s been really cold here recently, relatively speaking for New England. How do you turn something New Englanders consider a negative into a positive? Focus on cool colors in works of art. Colo ...

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