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Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance$
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Amy Helene Kirschke

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460339

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460339.001.0001

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Meta Warrick Fuller’s Ethiopia and the America’s Making Exposition of 1921

Meta Warrick Fuller’s Ethiopia and the America’s Making Exposition of 1921

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(p.53) Chapter Three Meta Warrick Fuller’s Ethiopia and the America’s Making Exposition of 1921
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Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance
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Renée Ater

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628460339.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the work of Meta Warrick Fuller. She sculpted “Ethiopia” for the America's Making Exposition in 1921. The America's Making Exposition celebrated diversity in America and focused on the contributions of immigrants to American society. This promoted a Progressive message of nationalism, unity, patriotism, and social order. The exposition organizers were mostly white Americans who wanted to instill civic duty, homogeneity, and American ideals to immigrants. African Americans participated in this exposition as honorary immigrants. Although they already viewed themselves as Americans with their patriotic and democratic ideals, it was Fuller's “Ethopia” that showcased the idea of longevity of black cultural heritage and bridged past achievements with present aspirations. Fuller was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, studied at Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Arts, and took further art education in Paris. She met Rodin, and other notable persons such as W.E.B. Du Bois, and Thomas J. Calloway. Her work was exhibited at L'Art Nouveau Bing in Paris. In the America's Making Exposition, “Ethopia” was displayed prominently. The sculpture became a symbol.

Keywords:   America's Making Exposition, W.E.B. Du Bois, Thomas J. Calloway, L'Art Nouveau Bing

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