The Palmer C. Hayden Collection is a central part of the permanent collection at the Museum of African American Art, giving the public insight into the life and work of one of the leading artists of the Harlem Renaissance. The Palmer C. Hayden Collection includes the John Henry Series, a narrative art series of 12 oil paintings by Palmer C. Hayden illustrating the story told in the Ballad of John Henry. The permanent collection at MAAA includes works from the United States as well as paintings, masks, batiks, carvings, and ceremonial objects from Africa, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and South America.
The virtual exhibits shown on this page feature works from the Palmer C. Hayden Collection at the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles (MAAA). To request permission to license images from the Palmer C. Hayden Collection at MAAA for scholarly, academic, educational, institutional, documentary, or nonprofit publications and other uses that include substantive factual references to Palmer Hayden's life and artwork or to the legend of John Henry, please email the details of your request to the museum'sExecutive Director. If the requested use is approved, you will be asked to complete the MAAA Image License Agreement and pay an appropriate licensing fee.
The Museum of African American Art does not grant image license requests for self-published, fictional, promotional, apparel, wearable, decorative, merchandising, misleading, or derogatory uses of images from the museum's collections. At its discretion, MAAA reserves the right to decline image use requests that would create or imply a false association between the requester and artworks in the Palmer C. Hayden Collection at MAAA, or between the requester and the Museum of African American Art.
Accessibility of images from the Palmer C. Hayden Collection at MAAA in the museum's online exhibits, on the Google Arts & Culture platform, or elsewhere on the Internet, does not convey permission for image use and does not at all indicate that the images are in the public domain with regard to copyright. If you do not have an image licensing agreement, you do not have permission to reprint, publish, reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use images from the Palmer C. Hayden Collection at MAAA.
We regularly receive image requests and will respond as quickly as possible, prioritizing those requests that meet the museum's criteria. Please allow a significant amount of lead time so that the museum can properly consider and respond to your image request. Thank you.
To increase free public access to our art collections, the Museum of African American Art has curated two online exhibits on the Google Arts & Culture platform. With detailed text panels, our online exhibits are ready for educators to show in Google Classroom or present as part of other virtual or in-person lessons. The online exhibits can be viewed on this page (above) or on the Google Arts & Culture platform. ThePalmer C. Hayden Collection Exhibitfeatures 40 paintings (in seven themed subsections), while theJohn Henry Series Exhibitfeatures 15 paintings (the 12 paintings from Palmer Hayden's Ballad of John Henry Series plus 3 additional railroad-themed paintings by Palmer Hayden). The Palmer C. Hayden Collection Exhibit is comprehensive and includes all the paintings in the John Henry Series Exhibit. All works shown in the online exhibits are from the Palmer C. Hayden Collection at MAAA.