Known as an era of burgeoning Black cultural production, the Harlem Renaissance was a combination of artists, patrons, writers, musicians, intellectuals, and performers working in and through modernist forms to express the multidimensionality of African American life. Centering the New Negro Movement and complicating the narrative of American Modernism, Kelli Morgan, Lowe Curatorial Fellow at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, analyzes some of the Renaissance’s most popular artworks, literature, figures, and debates.
Curator, author, teacher and lecturer Kelli Morgan holds both a B.A. in African American Studies and an M.A. in Afro-American Studies from Wayne State University. Morgan has worked in a variety of curatorial, programming, and research positions at various institutions, including Wayne State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. A visual imagery analyst, Morgan examines the ways in which people construct visual discourses, conceptualize images, and sometimes resist these discourses. Her interdisciplinary research concentrates on African American visual culture, linking Art History, Women’s Studies, African American History, and Museum Studies to consider the complex ways that Black women artists visualize, represent, and reappropriate images of minority women to challenge mainstream visual discourses concerning beauty and sexuality.