This Old Silent Documentary Explores Black Artists of the 1930s
In honor of Black History Month, here’s a short film that shows a rare glimpse of the black NYC art scene of the 1930s. During a time when most blacks worked tirelessly janitors, construction workers, elevator operators and other blue collar-type work, they took their off time to express themselves creatively through art. This 15 minute silent video shows three black artists, sculptor artist Richmond Barthe, photographer James Latimer Allen, and sculptor Augusta Savage. Although the video is less like a documentary and more like an archival collection of footage, it’s still an intriguing look into an art scene that most people have never seen on film.