About this artwork
Over the course of eighteen months in 2015 and 2016, Chicago-based artist Cauleen Smith produced a series of 57 drawings, each representing a specific book that she has read. Together, these drawings propose a reading list, a new canon of humanistic literacy so urgently needed here and now.
The personal impact of reading is conveyed through Smith’s choice of media; the time and effort to create drawings by hand reflects the special power of holding and reading a physical book. As her primary discipline is film, the decision to make a series of drawings is especially significant. In these objects Smith reveals intellectual touchstones essential to her worldview, but she also provokes us to consider which of these books is critical to our collective experience: Have you read these books? What do they mean to us now? What would you add to this list?
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Cauleen Smith
- The New Jim Crow, from Human_3.0 Reading List
- United States (Artist's nationality)
- Graphite and brush and black and colored inks with touches of brush and silver ink on wove graph paper
- 30 × 21.5 cm (11 13/16 × 8 1/2 in.)
- Promised gift of Helen and Sam Zell
- Obj: 237997