The Call of the Jitterbug/William H. Johnson

Event Type Art à la Carte / Free Videos, Adults
Date calendar  Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time clock  12:15pm - 2:15pm (2h)
Location Isabel Hall

Double Feature

The Call of the Jitterbug
36 min

The first art form to break the color barrier, the jitterbug brought blacks and whites dancing together, in a time period where integration was still far off in the distance. Interviews with musicians and dancers, combined with lively vintage footage, bring back the signs and sounds of this unique era.

The Life and Art of William H. Johnson
25 min

The life of African American painter William H. Johnson was truly extraordinary. His artistic career mirrored the complexities of art and society between the two World Wars. Although Johnson remained largely unknown during his lifetime, his artwork survived and he has become one of America's most important artists.