Columbus Museum of Art Tours

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The Columbus Museum of Art will provide free admission to all conference attendees who display their badge. The CMA has an excellent permanent collection in modern and contemporary works and will also be displaying two special exhibits of interest to attendees: the annual Columbus Comics Residency show, which spotlights a contemporary comics artist, and “I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100” (more information below). The Museum is a 25 minute walk from the conference hotel.

In addition, attendees may sign up for a free tour of the Museum when they register—tours will take place Friday at 2 P.M. and Saturday at 11 A.M. and are designed specifically for MSA attendees.

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I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement that resonated well beyond the geographic boundaries of the New York neighborhood in which it was born. This original exhibition and its accompanying book are the culmination of decades of research by guest curator and Columbus native Wil Haygood, who has written award-winning biographies of 20th-century Harlem figures Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson, and Thurgood Marshall. In addition to notable paintings by Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, and many more, the exhibition presents rarely seen photographs by James Van Der Zee, as well as, hundreds of vernacular photographs from an outstanding private collection. A selection of books, music, films, and posters from the period further showcases the innovative and expansive cultural output produced in Harlem and elsewhere. The range of works sheds light on the ways in which artists, writers, filmmakers, and performers transformed contemporary representations of black experience in America.