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Black Gold by Dr. Joana Joachim

A Black Feminist Art History of 1920s Montreal

Peer-reviewed article by Dr. Joana Joachim

Published in Canadian Journal of History /Annales canadiennes d’histoire special theme issue: “Black Canadian Creativity, Expressive Cultures, and Narratives of Space and Place,” Vol. 56 Issue 3 (2021)

Image from Show Girls NFB documentary by Meilan Lam, 1998, 52 min.

The 1920s have been touted the golden era of jazz and Black history in Montreal. Yet, this period in Black Canadian art histories remains largely unknown. As a first step towards shedding some light on this period in Black Canadian art history, this article uses what I term Black Feminist Art Historical (BFAH) praxis to discuss some visual art practices undoubtedly active alongside well-known jazz musicians and cultural producers in 1920s Montreal.

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