Monday, February 7, 2011

Team 2

To get started, each one of you should find out who Zora Neale Hurston was and list one book, essay, etc. that she produced.


  1. Zora Neale Hurston was a novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist who concentrated her studies on the South. One essay that she wrote was "How It Feels to Be Colored Me."

  2. Hi gang. I did some research on Zora Neale Hurston and came across her official website: The website is maintained, in part, by her niece, Lucy Anne Hurston. This is a great source to find out more about her life and contribution to the artistic world. An interesting thing to note is that she spent her childhood in Eatonville, Florida (it's not too far from Orlando) and used Florida in much of her material. One of her more famous novels is "Their Eyes Were Watching God," set in central Florida in the early 20th century.

    For our preliminary exhibition proposal I thought it would be best if we took advantage of Google Docs. It's a free online document sharing service offered by Google. It will allow all of us to work and view the document together without having to create a bunch of individual versions. If everyone could please post their primary email address here I will go ahead and send you an invitation to view our document. You will have to create a Google account but it’s free.

    As you may know, the proposal is due on Monday. The instructions are found here:

    I think it would be good if we spilt up the work early so we can get a head-start. I thought one person could write the introduction (1.5/2 pages), two people could pick and plan the art, and two people could do the bibliographic research. If somebody wants to alter this group make-up, they’re more than welcome. I thought I would tackle the bibliographic research. Everybody is going to have to write about 1.5 pages of text.

    Let me know what you think!

  3. The essay "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" is a great work to reference because Hurston discusses the effect the arts have on her and how the rest of the world can only "hear or see" what she "feels" from these things. She gives a long description of what she see's and feels from music which sounds a lot like a description of synesthesia, this could be an interesting point to look at.

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  4. That's a great point, Grace. I looked in our textbook today, and it listed some artists that were a part of the Harlem Renaissance. Perhaps we could use them as a starting point for looking into other pieces than those listed in the book. James Van Der Zee and Prentice H. Polk were photographers, Meta Warrick Fuller and Augusta Savage were painters and sculptors, and Aaron Douglas and Jacob Lawrence were the two artists included in our text.

  5. That's sounds like a great starting point to get some ideas! Palmer C. Hayden and Malvin Gray Johnson were two painters from the Harlem Renaissance, their work portrayed stylized African American portraits and many perspectives on scenes of everyday African American life. We could draw a lot of interesting parallels between these artists' work and the descriptions of Hurston's everyday experiences growing up in Eatonville.

    One piece that stuck out to me as strong imagery was Palmer Hayden's Jeunesse. It's a unique and stylized picture of a couple dancing at what would appear to be a local jazz bar. Hurston makes many mentions of these sort of jazz spots and what the music means to her in her writing, and the jazz movement was a huge cultural influence to all the art from the Harlem Renaissance and it might be interesting to try to incorporate.

  6. Hey everyone.....My email is

    I was just also doing a little research on Zora Neale Hurston and It seems that in 1926 Zora and a group of other African American activists such as Langston Hughes, and Wallace Thurman created a magazine called fire which featured many works of artistis and poets from the harlem renaissance.

    and Cory as far as splitting up the work I am down to do whatever in terms of work divvying, but I kind of think everyone should be at least some what involved with choosing the art work to exhibit, not just two people. Other than that everything seems good to go.

  7. Excellent point-- I should have specified more. We would all collaborate on the art choices but two people will be responsible for documenting the pieces in our proposal.