This reproduction of a groundbreaking issue of the social-science magazine Survey Graphic contains some of the seminal writings of the Harlem Renaissance. The magazine was compiled and edited by Alain Locke, a pioneering black Rhodes scholar and graduate of Harvard, Oxford, and Berlin Universities who later taught at Howard University. Locke's triumphant essay "Enter the New Negro" articulates the political, scientific, and artistic strivings of the Afro-American in Harlem. Other contributions include Countee Cullen's eternal poem "Heritage," a short story by W.E.B. Du Bois, and historian Arturo Schomburg's ancestral call to arms, "The Negro Digs Up His Past." These writings, and the dignified portraits of famous and nonfamous Negroes by German artist Winold Reiss, make this document a timeless testimony to black achievement.
The exhibition Winold Reiss in New York will be on view July 1 through October 9, 2022 at New-York Historical. It will display approximately 140 works focusing on his prolific time , beginning in 1914 (the year after his arrival in New York City) to the early 1950s.