Gwendolyn Bennett

Gwendolyn Bennett. 1924. Beinecke Library, Yale University.

was a rising star of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s, but she faded from the spotlight, her art inhibited by financial and marital struggles, and harassment from the KKK and FBI.

This website

"Gwendolyn Bennett, Sara West, Louise Jefferson, Augusta Savage, Eleanor Roosevelt" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1937.

documents Gwendolyn Bennett’s pivotal role in the Harlem Renaissance by presenting “scenes” illuminating significant moments in her life, art, and writings.

The scenic structure

Bennett in front of a still life oil painting, n.d.

reflects the fragmentary nature of Bennett’s corpus, much of which is unfinished or lost, and gaps in her life story, parts of which were too painful for her to discuss.