Augusta Savage (1892 - 1962): The Harp

 

Ever hear the expression "one thing leads to another".

 

Well I'd like to elaborate.

  • One GOOD thing leads to another.

Worked that way for me!

 

I just published an article about the African-American harpist Jeff Majors who was asked to perform at the funeral of Coretta Scott KingOprah was so moved she invited him to come on her TV show.

 

Here is the link to the article I published about Mr. Majors:

 

Writing about the contributions of this extraordinary harpist is the "One GOOD thing" that led to "another".  The "another" is accidentally discovering an African-American artist I had never heard of: Augusta Savage (1892 - 1962).  What's the connection?

 

This remarkable artist was commissioned to create a sculpture for the New York World's Fair in 1939.   Her magnificent work was called "The Harp".  It was exhibited.  It received much acclaim.  But what happened after that is sinful.  Her work was destroyed!!!  The word used in the article was "demolished".  I had to read it several times because I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me.  Inside my mind there was no corner where piercing screams could not be heard.

NO!  NO! NO!!!

 

Oh well!  At least there are pictures.

 

Here is the link to the article I found accidentally about Ms. Savage:  American Art Today: "The Harp" by Augusta Savage.

 

Instead of being discouraged, Ms. Savage continued her artistic pursuits and was an active participant in the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement during the 1920s and 30s where many black artists - painters poets, sculptors, musicians, actors, etc. - used their talents and creativity to be reborn.  America is blessed by this "blossoming" as it has been called.  Any nation that allows its citizens the freedom to express their hearts and minds by using their individual God-given gifts to benefit a greater good can not help but reap the bounty.

 



In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor
Augusta Savage

 

 

 

 

 

 

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