Augusta Savage posing with her sculpture Realization, created as part of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project. ca. 1938. Photo by Andrew Herman


The New-York Historical Society presents the work of Augusta Savage (1892-1962) in Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman. Savage overcame poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination to become an instrumental artist, educator, and community organizer during the Harlem Renaissance. However, her work is largely unknown today. On view through July 28, 2019, the exhibition features more than 50 works of art and archival materials that explore Savage’s legacy through her own sculptures, as well as the work of the emerging artists she inspired, including Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight. Organized by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, where it was curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D., Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman is coordinated at New-York Historical by Wendy N. E. Ikemoto, Ph.D., associate curator of American art.