Shared Resources in African American Art

A Short Guide to Researching African American Art

Exhibited Books

Arnett, P., & Arnett, W. (2000). Souls grown deep : African American vernacular art of the South.
Atlanta, Ga. [New York, N.Y.]: Tinwood Books ; In association with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the New York Public Library.
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. (1990). Next generation : Southern Black aesthetic.
Winston-Salem, N.C.: Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art : distributed by the University of North Carolina Press.
Barnwell, A. D., & Benjamin, T. H. (1999). The Walter O. Evans collection of African American art.
Seattle: Walter O. Evans Foundation for Art and Literature : Distributed by University of Washington Press.
Bearden, R., et al. (1991). Memory and metaphor : the art of Romare Bearden, 1940-1987.
New York: Studio Museum in Harlem : Oxford University Press.
Bearden, R., et al. (2006). Conjuring Bearden.
Durham, NC: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University ; distributed by Duke University Press.
Berger, M., et al. (2001). Fred Wilson : objects and installations 1979-2000.
Baltimore, Md. New York: Center for Art and Visual Culture, University of Maryland Baltimore County ; Distributed by D.A.P., Distributed Art Publishers.
Catlett, E., et al. (1993). Elizabeth Catlett, works on paper, 1944-1992.
Hampton, Va.: Hampton University Museum.
Chapman, L. W. (1993). The United American Healthcare Corporation collection, established in 1992.
Detroit, Mich.: The Corporation.
Dallow, J., Matilsky, B. C., Saar-Cavanaugh, T., Saar, B., Saar, L., Saar, A., et al. (2005). Family legacies : the art of Betye, Lezley and Alison Saar (1st ed. ed.).
Chapel Hill, N.C. Seattle: Ackland Art Museum ; In Association with the University of Washington Press.
Doty, R., et al. (1971). Contemporary Black artists in America.
New York: Whitney Museum of American Art.
Driskell, D. (1995). African American visual aesthetics : a postmodernist view.
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.
Driskell, D., et al. (2001). The other side of color : African American art in the collection of Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr.
San Francisco: Pomegranate.
Everett, G., et al. (2003). African American masters : highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
New York: Harry N. Abrams [in association with the] Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Fax, E. C. (1971). Seventeen black artists.
New York: Dodd, Mead.
Gelburd, G., et al. (1997). Romare Bearden in black-and-white : photomontage projections, 1964.
New York: Whitney Museum of American Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams.
Golden, T., et al. (2001). Freestyle.
New York, NY: The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Harris, M. D. (2003). Colored pictures : race and visual representation.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
Hartigan, L. R. (1985). Sharing traditions : five Black artists in nineteenth-century America : from the collections of the National Museum of American Art.
Washington, D.C.: Published for the Museum by the Smithsonian Institution Press.
Herzog, M. (2000). Elizabeth Catlett : an American artist in Mexico.
Seattle: University of Washington Press.
Herzog, M., et al. (2005). Elizabeth Catlett : in the image of the people (1st ed. ed.).
Chicago, Ill. New Haven, Conn.: The Art Institute of Chicago ; Distributed by Yale University Press.
Hill, G., & Wardlaw, A. J. (2004). Something all our own : the Grant Hill collection of African American art.
Durham: Duke University Press.
Hills, P., et al. (2005). Syncopated rhythms : 20th-century African American art from the George and Joyce Wein collection.
Boston, Mass. Seattle, Wash.: Boston University Art Gallery ; Distributed by University of Washington Press.
Hutson, B., et al. (2004). Something to look forward to : an exhibition featuring abstract art by 22 distinguished Americans of African descent : the Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania : March 26-June 27, 2004.
Lancaster, Pa.: Franklin & Marshall College.
Jackson, G., et al. (1994). Selma Burke, artist.
Cleveland: Modern Curriculum Press.
Kirschke, A. H. (2007). Art in crisis : W.E.B. Du Bois and the struggle for African American identity and memory.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
LeFalle-Collins, L., et al. (1996). In the spirit of resistance : African-American modernists and the Mexican muralist school = En el espiritu de la resistencia : los modernistas africanoamericanos y la escuela muralista mexicana.
New York: American Federation of Arts.
Lewis, S. S. (2003). African American art and artists (3rd. ed., rev. and expanded ed.).
Berkeley: University of California Press.
Livingston, J., et al. (1982). Black folk art in America, 1930-1980.
Jackson [s.l.]: University Press of Mississippi ; Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
McElroy, G. C., et al. (1989). African-American artists, 1880-1987 : selections from the Evans-Tibbs Collection.
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, in association with University of Washington Press, Seattle.
Nesbett, P. T., Lawrence, J., & Hills, P. (2001). Jacob Lawrence : the complete prints, 1963-2000 : a catalogue raisonne.
Seattle: Francine Seders Gallery, in association with University of Washington Press.
Patton, S. F. (1998). African-American art.
Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.
Perry, R., et al. (1992). Free within ourselves : African-American artists in the collection of the National Museum of American Art.
Washington, D.C. ; San Francisco, Calif.: National Museum of American Art in association with Pomegranate Artbooks.
Powell, R. J., et al. (1999). To conserve a legacy : American art from historically Black colleges and universities.
Andover, Mass. New York Cambridge, Mass.: Addison Gallery of American Art ; The Studio Museum in Harlem ; Distributed by MIT Press.
Price, S., Price, R., & Bearden, R. (2006). Romare Bearden : the Caribbean dimension.
Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Robinson, J. T., et al. (1996). Bearing witness : contemporary works by African American women artists.
New York: Spelman College and Rizzoli International Publications.
Saar, B., & Gallery., M. R. (1998). Betye Saar : workers + warriors : the return of Aunt Jemima.
New York: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery.
Saar, B., Steward, J. C.. (2005). Betye Saar : extending the frozen moment.
Ann Arbor Berkeley: University of Michigan Museum of Art ; University of California Press.
Saarinen, A. B. (1960). Jacob Lawrence.
[New York: American Federation of Arts].
Schwartzman, M. (1990). Romare Bearden : his life & art.
New York: H.N. Abrams.
Taha, H. (1998). Collecting African American art : works on paper and canvas (1st ed ed.).
New York: Crown.
Taylor, W. E., Warkel, H. G., & Burroughs, M. T. (1996). A shared heritage : art by four African Americans (1st ed. ed.).
Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis Museum of Art, with Indiana University Press.
Thompson, B., et al.. (2006). Fred Wilson : So much trouble in the world — believe it or not!
Hanover, N.H.: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College : Distributed by University Press of New England.
Tolliver, M., Ely, R., & Bond, J. (1996). Mose T's slapout family album.
Montgomery, Ala.: Black Belt Press.
Van Der Zee, j. (1974). James Van DerZee.
Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. : Morgan & Morgan.
Van Der Zee, J. (1969). The world of James Van DerZee: a visual record of Black Americans.
New York, Grove Press.
Weld, A. G. (1998). Art by African Americans in the collection of the New Jersey State Museum.
Trenton, NJ: The Museum.
West Coast 74: Black Image, 1974 Invitational Exhibition. (1974).
[Sacramento, California: Crocker Art Gallery].
Wheat, E. H. (1991). Jacob Lawrence : the Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman series of 1938-40.
Hampton, Va.: Hampton University Museum.
Wheat, E. H., et al. (1986). Jacob Lawrence, American painter.
Seattle: Seattle Art Museum.
Willis, D. (1993). VanDerZee, photographer, 1886-1983.
New York : H.N. Abrams.

Databases Specializing in Art Research

Grove Dictionary of Art
Comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the 1990s
Access: (UC Davis IP Addresses Only).
ARTbibliographies Modern [via CSA Illumina]
Provides abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art.
Coverage: 1974-present
Access: (UC Davis IP Addresses Only).
Art Full Text [via H.W. Wilson]
Art Full Text offers full text of 111 publications back to 1997 plus abstracts and indexing of nearly 400 publications back to 1984. Covers the fields of archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, computer applications and graphics, crafts, film, folk art, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, painting, photography, sculpture, tv, textiles, and video. Features include: subject thesaurus, indexing of art reproductions, links to websites. (This is "Art Abstracts" with the addition of some full-text.) To search pre-1984 publications use Art Index Retrospective.
Coverage: full text 1997-present, index and abstract 1984-present
Access: (UC Davis IP Addresses Only).
Art Index Retrospective [via H.W. Wilson]
Indexes over 420 art journalism publications including journals, yearbooks and art museum periodicals, from 1929 through 1984. Subjects include advertising art, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and motion pictures.
Coverage: 1929-1984
Access: (UC Davis IP Addresses Only).
Bibliography of the History of Art [via CSA Illumina]
Indexes and abstracts art-related books, conference proceedings and dissertations, exhibition and dealer's catalogs, and articles from more than 2,500 periodicals covering European and American art from late antiquity to the present.
Coverage: 1973-present
Access: (UC Davis IP Addresses Only).

Databases Specializing in Research on African American Culture

Black Studies Center [via Proquest]
Black Studies Center brings together historical and current material for research projects on African-Americans, the wider African Diaspora, and Africa. It is comprised of several cross-searchable component databases including the Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, The International Index to Black Periodicals, and Newspapers, including the full text backfile of the Afro-American newspaper, The Chicago Defender from 1910-1975.
Access: (UC Davis IP Addresses Only).
Black Studies Database [via NISC]
Includes more than 170,000 citations drawn from significant and influential journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, pamphlets and reports relevant to the Black experience.
Coverage: 1948-1986
Access: (UC Davis IP Addresses Only).
Black Studies on Disc
Information on materials by and about African Americans, Africa and peoples of African ancestry. Includes catalog of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture and citations from the Index to Black periodicals (1988-2004).
Coverage: 700-2004
Location: CD-ROM Station "Rio" on the 2nd Floor of Shields Library near the HSSGIS Reference Desk.
Ethnic Newswatch
A full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press in the United States.
Coverage: 1960-present
Access: (UC Davis IP Addresses Only).

Selected Print Reference Sources for African American Studies and Art

Appiah, A., & Gates, H. L. (2005). Africana : the encyclopedia of the African and African American experience (2nd ed ed.).
Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.
Baskin, W., & Runes, R. N. (1973). Dictionary of Black culture.
New York: Philosophical Library.
Cederholm, T. D., & Library., B. P. (1973). Afro-American artists; a bio-bibliographical directory.
[Boston] Trustees of the Boston Public Library.
Davis, L. G., & Sims-Wood, J. L. (1980). Black artists in the United States : an annotated bibliography of books, articles, and dissertations on Black artists, 1779-1979.
Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.
Finkelman, P. (2006). Encyclopedia of African American history 1619-1895 : from the colonial period to the age of Frederick Douglass.
New York: Oxford University Press.
Frye, D. J. (2001). African American visual artists : an annotated bibliography of educational resource materials.
Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press.
Holmes, O. N. (1978). The complete annotated resource guide to Black American art : books, doctoral dissertations, exhibition catalogs, periodicals, films, slides, large prints, speakers, filmstrips, video tapes, Black museums, art galleries, and much more.
Spring Valley, N.Y.: Black Artists in America.
Otfinoski, S. (2003). African Americans in the visual arts.
New York: Facts on File.
Palmer, C. A., & Gale, T. (2006). Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history the Black experience in the Americas (2nd ed ed.).
Detroit, Mich.: Macmillan Reference USA.
Rywell, M., & Wesley, C. H. (1974). Afro-American encyclopedia (1st ed.] ed.).
North Miami, Fla.: Educational Book Publishers.
Salzman, J., Robinson, G., & Russell, T. (2001). Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history.
New York: Macmillan Reference USA.
Thomison, D. (1991). The Black artist in America: an index to reproductions.
Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press.
Williams, M. W., & Mack, K. V. (1993). The African American encyclopedia.
New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp.