Harlem Jazz Club

This is a painting by an artist named A.V. Motley. The title of this painting in unknown.

It depicts an all black Jazz club, a very popular scene during the Harlem Renaissance.  It shows men and women dancing in the back while the bar tenders are rushing to fill all of their customers drink orders.  One customer can’t seem to finish his drink fast enough as he stands by the bar.  Clubs like this one were very popular in city night life, not only for black individuals but for whites as well. Often times, even though the U.S. was highly segregated, all-white nightclubs would have performers of African American decent, ironically.

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