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:
Introduction 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 Notes
The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999 8 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.; 136 pages; 101 illustrations Softcover ISBN 0-295-97833-3
20 hours 38 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Humanism + Dynamite = The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksandr Zhitomirsky
The first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky offers a captivating portrayal of a satirist and loyal citizen who inventively furthered his country’s official causes across a tumultuous half-century.
22 hours 30 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Icelandic artist/musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s intensely durational works often manifest a rare synthesis of pathos and humor.
A Lot of Sorrow is both a music video and extended concert film, in which The National performs its ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours. See the song take on new layers of meaning as the hours pass and fatigue sets in.
Closing October 16—http://bit.ly/2du3GXh
3 days 18 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Congratulations to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on their grand opening this weekend. The building, designed by architect David Adjaye, is a truly historic addition to the National Mall in Washington D.C. #APeoplesJourney #MakingHistory