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Ancient Greek Myth: Reinterpreted by African American Artists

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Cultures +4 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

In this student activity, analyze the timelessness of myth through three works of art by modern African American artists. Each artist, inspired by Ancient Greek myth, retells stories and reinterprets symbols to explore personal and universal themes. Includes three works of art, summaries of the myths they reference, and discussion questions. Also includes a video about the artist Romare Bearden and his series 'Black Odyssey,' that details Bearden's artistic process, the significance of storytelling in his art, and the lasting importance of 'Black Odyssey.'

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Elysian Fields

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Enchanted Rider

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Return of Ulysses

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service