MetCollects—Episode 19: David Driskell on Aaron Douglas's Let My People Go

"Can a work of art reclaim history?" David Driskell on Aaron Douglas's Let My People Go

David C. Driskell, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park, is a leading scholar of African American art and an artist.

Aaron Douglas (American, 1899–1979). Let My People Go, ca. 1934–39. Oil on Masonite; 48 x 36 in. (121.9 × 91.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2015 (2015.42)

MetCollects introduces highlights of works of art recently acquired by the Met through gifts and purchases. Discover a new work each month.


Director: Christopher Noey
Producer: Sarah Cowan
Editor: Stephanie Wuertz
Camera: Sarah Cowan, Stephanie Wuertz
Production Assistants: Karlie Efinger, Lisa Rifkind
Music: Austin Fisher
Book Photography: Eugenia Tinsley
Special Thanks: Randy Griffey, Rodney D. Moore

Archival footage of Aaron Douglas:
Harmon Foundation Presents: A Study of Negro Artists, 1937?
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, (H-HF-214x )

Art © Heirs of Aaron Douglas/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


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