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Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor is the first major retrospective ever organized for an artist born into slavery, and the most comprehensive look at Bill Traylor’s work to date.

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“Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Is the First Major Retrospective of an Artist Born Into Slavery

EXHIBITION IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT BILL TRAYLOR’S WORK TO DATE

Bill Traylor (ca. 1853–1949) is among the most important American artists of the 20th century. Born in antebellum Alabama, Traylor was an eyewitness to history—the Civil War, …

“Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Is the First Major Retrospective of an Artist Born Into Slavery

EXHIBITION IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT BILL TRAYLOR’S WORK TO DATE

Bill Traylor (ca. 1853–1949) is among the most important American artists of the 20th century. Born in antebellum Alabama, Traylor was an eyewitness to history—the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, the Great Migration and the steady rise of African American urban culture in the South. In the late 1930s, a decade after leaving plantation life and …

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