About This Exhibition

Paired with the Smithsonian exhibition of African American art, WAM is featuring gems by 20th-century African American artists in the collection.

To provide another lens to explore these collection treasures, savvy Wichitans will share their insights as African Americans into the art on view in gallery wall text. The title of the exhibition–I, too, Sing America–is the first line of a poem first published in 1926 by Kansas native and Harlem Renaissance leading artist, Langston Hughes. Hughes and the visual artists in this special exhibition reflect their life experience in their work, enriching and deepening the layered story of the American culture.

Gwendolyn Knight, Girl, 2004. Serigraph, 17 x 15 7/8 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase, Burneta Adair Endowment Fund