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Poor Cupid

Edmonia Lewis: Poor Cupid, marble, 686×349×311 mm, modeled c. 1872, carved 1876 (Washington, DC, Smithsonian American Art Museum); photo credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, NY

Death of Cleopatra

Edmonia Lewis: Death of Cleopatra, marble, h. 1.6 m, 1876 (Washington, DC, Smithsonian American Art Museum); photo credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, NY

Going to Church

William H. Johnson: Going to Church, oil on burlap, 968×1121 mm, c. 1940–44 (Washington, DC, Smithsonian American Art Museum); photo credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, NY

Untitled

Purvis Young: Untitled, acrylic on plywood with fibreboard, 1.03×1.23 m, c. 1988 (Washington, DC, Smithsonian American Art Museum); © 1987 Purvis Young/photo credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, NY

Confessions to Myself

Barbara Chase-Riboud: Confessions to Myself, bronze, painted black and black wool, 3.05x1.016×0.305 m, 1972 (University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Purchased with funds from the H.W. Anderson Charitable Foundation, 1972.105); image courtesy of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Descent from the Cross

Bob Thompson: Descent from the Cross, oil on canvas, 2.13×1.52 m, 1963 (Washington, DC, Smithsonian American Art Museum); photo credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, NY/image courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY

In Celebration

Sam Gilliam: In Celebration, screenprint on paper, 775×972 mm, 1987 (Washington, DC, Smithsonian American Art Museum); photo credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, NY

Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery through Reconstruction

Aaron Douglas: Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery through Reconstruction, oil on canvas, 1524×3530 mm, 1934 (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library); photo credit: Schomburg Center, NYPL/Art Resource, NY

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