Cartoon by Romare Bearden from the NYU publication The Medley

Romare Bearden, renowned collage artist, graduated from NYU in 1945 with a B.S. in education. At NYU, Bearden regularly submitted cartoons to the campus humor magazine, The Medley, and at one point served as the magazine’s art editor. Bearden’s artistic career proved highly successful, prompting prominent scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. to call Bearden “the father of African-American modernism.”

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