PBS American Masters Shorts Launches the Documentary ‘Searching for Augusta Savage’ Tonight

 

 

 

Animation of the creation of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Augusta Savage’s 16-foot sculpture for the 1939 World’s Fair. Credit: TMVRTX Studio for Audacious Women Productions

Searching for Augusta Savage, a 22-minute film that tells the story of an inspiring and enterprising artist, who in the 1920s and 30s, created a pipeline of creative opportunities for Black artists, will kick off American Masters Shorts, a new digital series from PBS’ flagship biography series, American Masters. Narrated by art historian and curator Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D. (traveling exhibit and book, Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman), with Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black; The Glorias, The Equalizer) providing dramatic readings of the words of Augusta Savage, Searching for Augusta Savage premieres Thursday, February 15 on American Masters YouTube channel, PBS and the PBS App.

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