Black Avant-Garde

postcard combining Aaron Douglas drawing with argument for including WEB DuBois in avant-garde

Avant-garde scholarship must acknowledge that race cannot be separated from politics. Avant-gardists of the 20th century, in their goal to be rebellious, touted themselves as outside the realm of governmental sway and politics, including race politics, but there is no movement that can be completely detached from societal influence. The only way for there to be accurate portrayal of what the avant-garde embodied is to include those who were left in the shadows and to elevate the works of people from all backgrounds—not just the white default. Thus, the en dehors garde is created.