This issue continues the first issue's focus on African American artists of the North and West, beginning with Steven Jones' presentation of some of his meticulous research into 19th century Philadelphia's artistic community. Rachel Layton reports on Peter Bentzon, the first silversmith of African descent whose work has been indentified by his mark. Mariyln Richardson examines Edomina Lewis and pertinent issues related to her creation of her Death of Cleopatra. first exhibited at the 1876 Philadlephia Centennial. The last article describes the career of Meta Warrick Fuller, a gifted Philadelphia sculptor whose work expressed a pivotal transition in the ways that 20th century African American artists sought to represent themselves and their present African heritage.
Introduction by Juanita Marie Holland, A Keen Sense of the Artistic: African American Material Culture in the 19th Century by Steven L. Jones, Peter Bentzon: A "Mustice" Silversmith in Philadelphia and St. Croix by Rachel E. C. Layton, Edmonia Lewis' The Death of Cleopatra: Myth and Identity by Marilyn Richardson, Black Artists and the Politics of 1862 by Allan D. Austin, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller by Juanita Marie Holland, Odun De Odun De--A Review by Victoria Alba, Black Male Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art by Okwui Enwenzor.
Artwork by: Sarah Mapps Douglass, Robert Douglass Jr., David Bustill Bowser, Thomas Gross Jr., William Myers, Ada H. Hinton, Patrick H. Reason, Alfred B. Stidum, Gallo W. Cheston, Peter Bentzon, Edmonia Lewis, Martin Millmore, William Wetmore Story, Meta Warrick Fuller, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lyle Ashton Harris, Robert Arneson, & Leon Golub.