How can art reveal missing perspectives? How do artists reflect upon their racial, cultural, and national identities in order to represent historical narratives?
For thousands of years, artists have depicted historical scenes and events. The three African American artists introduced here—Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, and Romare Bearden—reveal missing perspectives that have not traditionally been presented in art. Study these artists to understand how they re-tell, re-shape, and re-imagine historical narratives. Then create a history painting of your own.
Click on each artist button at right to view detailed screens about the artist and his or her works. Be sure to click on all images, view all videos, read all documents, and use the zoom tool to look closely at the works of art.