ART BYE | REWIND – REVISIT – 2022

Dear ART | library deco supporters:

Thank you for always taking the time to read and interact with the only African American virtual art library, gallery, and repository that delves into the Black experience in art, literature, and culture. This year once again had its highs and lows in all things centered around African American culture! To end this year, we have curated a listing of content for you to review at your leisure during the holiday season. For now, sit back, rewind in time and catch up on content, news, and information missed throughout the year. Our library curatorial team is looking forward to bringing you relevant content in 2023 that matters and will expand your horizons in African American art.

ART | library deco will go on break from December 1 – January 15, 2023.



  • …. just found out that Vivian Ayers is Phylicia Rashad’s mother. She was an author, poet, and Librarian. Vivian worked as an apprentice librarian at Rice University -Fondren Library (Houston, Texas) and Vivian was accorded full faculty status in 1965, becoming the first African American to be recognized as a full member of faculty. During […]

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  • 19th-Century African American Artists from Harry Swartz-Turfle

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  • At this time, I’m currently working on a Graduate Certificate in Digital Content Management. There are numerous opportunities and genres to study about as it pertains to art libraries in the course that I’m enrolled in this summer: Digital Libraries. The class has been assigned to write a concept brief about an aspect of digital […]

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  • The website Shadow & Act released an announcement this weekend that consists of an unconventional biopic based on the life of playwright, author, activist Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun),  in development with longtime collaborators Taye Hansberry(grand niece of Lorraine Hansberry and author of stuffshelikes.net), and Numa Perrier (The Couple) penning the script to a film that will star Taye […]

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  • Pearls: HeLa cells

    My Fascination with Henrietta Lacks & Lovie Olivia: I had no idea who she was in modern medicine.  My godmother emailed me and told me that I should purchase a book about her life written, by Journalist’ Rebecca Skloot. Unbeknownst to me she was another human experiment. I still have not purchased the book. However, she came back into my psyche, by way of an artist. “In […]

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  • The South Dallas Cultural Center has been in existence for over 30 years in Dallas, Texas. I frequent the cultural arts institution on a regular basis when I travel to the city. Vicki Meek is the Manager & Art Curator at the South Dallas Cultural Center. Recently, I was able to talk with her about […]

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  • Playwright, August Wilson’s childhood home is now a historical marker in the city. The house is located on Bedford Avenue and was built in the 1840s. The Pittsburg Post-Gazette  released the news to the public earlier this week.

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  • About Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel  interviews Romare Bearden concerning his paintings and collages and the influences on his work. Source: http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/dsva/

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  • Art is a concept formed by society through experience, culture, and imagination. According to Richard Wollheim (2007) via the Grove Art Online describes art as, “… Art is all but a universal feature of human society, inhibited only by the extreme exigencies of life (Wollheim, 2007).” Source: Wollheim, R. (2007).  “Art.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford […]

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  • This is my first post and I’m very excited to be starting it off with a very fascinating video via TED, featuring the Director of the Studio Museum Harlem, Thelma Golden. I visited the studio two years ago and I fell in love with it. As a student of art, I’ve studied Thelma Golden for […]

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