|The Progress of the American Negro, 1939-40, Charles White|
|Lynching, 1936, Nat Werner|
|Conserved and preserved|
The result of the conservancy effort was the 1999 Harlem Studio Museum show, "To Conserve a Legacy", a 200-piece exhibit drawing from six historically black American educational institutions, art work, many of which had never been publicly exhibited before. There was the photography of Frances Benjamin Johnston (bottom), the first female press photographer, as well as work drawn from the collections of Booker T. Washington, Joseph Albers, Georgia O'Keefe, and her husband Alfred Stieglitz, all of whom collected early black artists. Some artists had been totally unknown, such as Thomas Waterman Wood, whose painting of a black freedman butler came to light only after cleaning revealed his signature. The show also included the work of somewhat better-known African-American artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Henry Tanner, and Horace Pippin.
|Frances Benjamin Johnson Self-portrait, 1896|