The goal of Museum Collections is to make these images accessible to students, scholars, and the general public in order to encourage research and discussion on aspects of Black art and artists. This list in not comprehensive by any means and will be expanded as other institutions with online access to their collections have been identified. Not only is accessibility a key factor, but being able to search the collection with African American as a descriptor is crucial.
High Museum of Art
|Kehinde Wiley, Thiogo Oliveira do Rosario Rozendo|
( from the series The World Stage: Brazil), 2009,
Oil on canvas, 48" x 36"
The High's collection of modern and contemporary art comprises more than 2,400 works dating from 1946 to the present and includes the following artists: Kojo Griffin, Beauford Delaney, Benny Andrews, Glenn Ligon, Jacob Lawrence, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kehinde Wiley, Renee Stout, Robert Colescott, Willie Cole, Lorna Simpson, Radcliffe Bailey, Alison Saar, David Hammons, Elizabeth Catlett, Fred Wilson, Martin Puryear, Faith Ringgold, Nick Cave, and Sam Gilliam.
Birmingham Museum of Art
|Melvin Edwards, Premonition |
(Part of the Lynch Fragment Series), 1990,
Welded steel, 18¼" x 11" x 11"
|John Woodruff Wilson, Martin Luther King, Jr.,|
2002, Etching and aquatint on chine collé,
30¼" x 27½"
The Art Institute of Chicago
Eldzier Cortor, The Room No. VI,
1948, Oil and gesso on Masonite,
42¼" x 31½"
Durham, North Carolina
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
(At the collection page, click Modern & Contemporary, then enter African American in the search box...Search Collections.)
Mixed media on canvas, 82" x 76¼"
(In the "Search Online Collection" box,
insert Warrington Colescott.)
|Warrington Colescott, Beauty and the Beast,|
1952, Color screenprint on blue paper,
15½ x 11½
Warrington Colescott Collection
In the "Search Online Collection" box, insert Warrington Colescott.
(The Herzfeld Foundation Print, Drawing, and
Photography Study Center is the largest museum
holding of Warrington Colescott’s graphic work.)
Saint Louis Art Museum
|Jerald Ieans, Allure, 1996, |
Oil and glue on canvas, 21" x 25"
|Jacob Lawrence, Library Series: The Schomburg,|
Gouache on paper, 26" x 20"
The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art
|Alma W. Thomas, Pond - Spring Awakening, 1972|
Acrylic on canvas, 68" x 55",
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson
New York, New York
|Willie Cole, Next Kent tji wara, 2007|
Bicycle parts, spray paint, and brazing,
37" x 20 ½ x 8 ¼",
Hortense and William A. Mohr Sculpture Purchase Fund
New York, New York
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Chrysler Museum of Art
|Robert Colescott, Saturday Night Special (I Seen It on T.V.),|
1988, Acrylic on canvas, 84" x 72", In memory of Mary and
Dudley Cooper from the family of Joel B. Cooper
In the quick search box, insert "African American" to retrieve images of available works.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
|Claude Clark, Jam Session, 1943, Oil on canvas,|
20" x 18", Purchased with the Julius Bloch Memorial Fund
created by Benjamin D. Bernstein