Arts preview: ‘I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100’

Rylan Lee
Photo of Jacob Lawrence, “The Long Stretch,” 1949, from the collection of Allan Kollar, Seattle, WA

This year, the Harlem Renaissance celebrates 100 years since beginning in the New York borough. In honor of the movement's subsequent cultural proliferation, the Columbus Museum of Art is unveiling its latest exhibit, “I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100,” this week.

The exhibit, which will feature artists such as Jacob Lawrence and Augusta Savage, was curated by nationally renowned author and Columbus native Wil Haygood.

“Art has inspired me,” Haygood said. “Art led me to my books.”

The exhibit is the first of its size to be shown in more than a decade. It also is one of only a few large-scale celebrations of the Harlem Renaissance, as the exhibit joins more than 30 other Columbus organizations participating in a citywide celebration of the centennial.

“I, Too, Sing America” will open Friday, Oct. 19, and run through late January 2019.

Columbus Museum of Art

Oct. 19–Jan. 20, 2019

480 E. Broad St., Downtown

“I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100”