Tahmid Chowdhury

Amid the Harlem Renaissance, Black artists like Augusta Savage were at the forefront of promoting change, as their art was a platform that empowered the Black community.

In the Arts In NYC seminar, I was particularly interested in sculptures and their impact amid the Harlem Renaissance. In my project, I attempt to showcase the work of Augusta Savage as well as the general qualities of sculptures that make them such an intriguing art form. While her sculptures were made in the early 20th century, many of them can still resonate with viewers today. After all, people can interpret sculptures in a way that makes them relevant to contemporary issues. In the end, I read a poem by Donte Collins called “What The Dead Know By Heart,” and it was accompanied by some of Savage’s sculptures to demonstrate how sculptures can reflect on current issues like police brutality.