Color Line: Black Excellence on the World Stage

Saturday, October 19 more dates through February 16, 2020

Portland Art Museum, Main Building, Floor LL, LL3 1219 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205

At the International Exposition of 1900 in Paris, American sociologist, historian, and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois put together “The American Negro Exhibit,” a remarkable collection of more than 300 photographs of African-American men and women, homes, churches, businesses and universities. These photographs were paired with a series of charts and graphs designed by Du Bois to visualize data about the descendants of former slaves in the United States. The exhibit directly challenged racist stereotypes and notions of racial segregation that were pervasive at the time. As part of this exhibit in Paris, Du Bois presented his prophetic and poetic statement, “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line” — a problem of the human condition that remains unresolved to this day.

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Art & Design, Exhibition, Cultural Communities, History

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Museum Admission: Free for Members, $20 Adults, $17 Seniors 62+ & College Students, Free Children 17 and under


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