The 2020s mark the centennial of the Harlem Renaissance, a legendary flourishing of African American intellectual and cultural expression that catapulted Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Aaron Douglas, and other writers, artists, musicians, and activists into national and international prominence. On Thursday, January 27 and Friday, January 28, 2022, the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab and The Wolfsonian—FIU will host a series of events to observe the centennial of this important movement and to explore its ongoing legacy.
“The Harlem Renaissance at 100” builds on—and celebrates the launch of—The Harlem Renaissance: Origins, Influences, and Currents, a digital exhibition curated by Dr. Shawn Christian and Dr. Nathaniel Cadle, associate professors of English at FIU. This exhibition, a collaboration between the WPHL and The Wolfsonian—FIU, is available free online and showcases a trove of valuable print materials recently donated to The Wolfsonian, including rare first editions of books by Hughes, Hurston, and others, often with striking dust jackets designed by Douglas and Miguel Covarrubias. As the United States continues to grapple with the demand for equity, inclusion, and social justice, the art and ideas generated during the Harlem Renaissance remain as relevant as ever.
Programming hosted in conjunction with “The Harlem Renaissance at 100” will include:
- a creative writing workshop, in which participants use the writings of Langston Hughes and Georgia Douglas Johnson as models for their own protest poetry
- an art activation, in which participants can draw from the work of Aaron Douglas and Miguel Covarrubias to create their own art
- a panel of experts discussing the literary, artistic, musical, and historical significance and legacy of the Harlem Renaissance
- a performance by students in FIU’s School of Music highlighting music produced during the Harlem Renaissance
- a screening of Isaac Julien’s 1989 film Looking for Langston
- a guest lecture delivered by Dr. Adrienne Brown, associate professor at the University of Chicago and author of The Black Skyscraper: Architecture and the Perception of Race
FIU’s Department of English
The Humanities Edge: An MDC-FIU Pathway Partnership
Schedule of Events
Thursday, January 27, Florida International University, MMC