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African Americans in Art: Selections from the Art Institute of Chicago

Vol. 24, no. 2
Fall 1998
In print
Softcover $14.95
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This special, expanded issue of Museum Studiesfocuses on the museum's increasing selection of African American art. An essay examining the Art Institute's striking daguerreotype of Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass is followed by two essays discussing the work of seminal, Chicago-based artists: the complex, engaging paintings of Archibald J. Motley, Jr., and the impassioned sculpture of Marion Perkins. A final essay looks at recent mixed-media work by Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, and Willie Robert Middlebrook. In addition to these essays, a Portfolio section features 29 images reproduced in full color, with informative, brief entries examining individual works. This important issue presents an overview of the concerns surrounding race in art, celebrates the achievements of a number of gifted African American artists, and provides a broader, multifaceted view of American art and culture.

Table of Contents:

Susan F. Rossen
Frederick Douglass Chooses His Moment 
Colin L. Westerbeck
Representing Race: Disjunctures in the Work of Archibald J. Motley, Jr. 
Amy M. Mooney
A Portfolio of Works by African American Artists 
Continuing the Dialogue: A Work in Progress 
Andrea D. Barnwell and Kirsten P. Buick 
Plates and Entries 
Marion Perkins: A Chicago Sculptor Rediscovered 
Daniel Schulman 
Fragmented Documents: Works by Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, and Willie Robert Middlebrook in the Art Institute of Chicago 
Cherise Smith 

The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999 
8 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.; 136 pages; 101 illustrations 
Softcover ISBN 0-295-97833-3