Sarah Elizabeth Lewis is an Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture and the Department of African and African-American Studies at ­Harvard. She is ­completing a book on race, sight, and the ­Caucasian War.
 (February 2020)

IN THE REVIEW

Romare Bearden: Assembling America

Romare Bearden: The Street, 12 7/8 x 15 3/8 inches, 1964; from Bearden’s ‘Projections’ series

An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden

by Mary Schmidt Campbell

The Romare Bearden Reader

edited by Robert G. O’Meally
An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden by Mary Schmidt Campbell tells the captivating story of how Bearden’s heritage, education, community, and politics informed the evolution of his artistic career. It addresses a foundational question: What is the role of the artist in the history of race and rights in this country?