Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman at New-York Historical Society, May 3 – July 28, 2019

“The New-York Historical Society presents the work of Augusta Savage (1892-1962) in Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman. Savage overcame poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination to become an instrumental artist, educator, and community organizer during the Harlem Renaissance; yet her work is largely unknown today. The exhibition features more than 50 works of art and archival materials that explore Savage’s legacy through her own sculptures as well as the work of the emerging artists she inspired, including Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight.” — New-York Historical Society

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman celebrates art, activism, and women’s history through the life and work of August Savage, a visionary artist fundamental to the Harlem Renaissance and to American art history,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “This landmark exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to understand and appreciate the artistic greatness of Ms. Savage’s legacy, as well as the many challenges she faced as a woman and an African American.”

“I was a leap year baby, and it seems to me that I have been leaping ever since.” — Augusta Savage

Photographs by Corrado Serra.

Organized by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, where it was curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D., Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman is coordinated at New-York Historical by Wendy N.E. Ikemoto, Ph.D., associate curator of American art.