16mm Film Screening: Focus on Black Artists - films by Irene Zmurkevych & Jimmie Mannas

Seward Park Library

192 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002

The significance of Black American art is international in influence-our first documentary for this program is ambitious in its attempt to take account of the many strains of work and different artists who are responsible for the blossoming of African-American art. The second film takes a more personal approach in its examination of the life of Brooklyn's own Tom Feelings, known primarily for his childrens' book illustrations.

Black Artists of the U.S.A.-1977. 25 minutes

By Irene Zmurkevych

Traces the history of Black art in America from its beginnings in the work of slave artisans through the era of portraiture, the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's, the New Deal Art of the 30's, the political work of the 60's, and the more mainstream product of the 70's. Illustrates and discusses the work of forty Black artists including Thomas Day, Joshua Johnston, Robert Duncanson, Edmonia Lewis, Henry Tanner, Charles White and Romare Bearden.


Head and Heart-1977. 27 minutes.

by Jimmie Mannas

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tom Feelings began drawing the world around him from Brownsville to Guyana, from a colorful depiction of the Brooklyn Bridge to his book on slavery, "The Middle Passage." The artist talks about the ostracism of Black artists and the influence of Africa on his art.

Wednesday, 19 February, 2020


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