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Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930s-1940s by African American Artists from the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams

October 9–December 4, 1994

The WPA print workshop set up in the 1930s gave many young African Americans their first prolonged exposure to the teachers and materials they needed to develop their art. This exhibition of over 100 prints by 45 artists reflects the rich variety of techniques, subjects, and philosophical approaches adopted by African American artists in the 1930s and 1940s. The exhibition is selected from the 3,500 prints assembled by Reba and Dave Williams, the largest private collection of the little known graphic work produced by African Americans in this period.

Organizers and Support

This exhibition is organized by The Newark Museum and circulated by The American Federation of Arts. It is a project of ARTACCESS, a program of the AFA with major support from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. The exhibition program of The AmericanFederation of Arts is supported in part by the J. Carter Brown Fund for Exhibitions, established by the AFA in 1992.


Newark Museum, New Jersey
Equitable Gallery, New York
Long Beach Museum of Art, California
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom
New York State Museum, Albany, New York
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Baltimore Museum of Art
Gibbs Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, AL
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
Art Institute of Chicago
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
Saint Louis Art Museum
High Museum of Art, Atlanta

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