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Blacks, from Human_3.0 Reading List

A work made of graphite, with brush and orange, yellow and silver inks, on wove graph pape.

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  • A work made of graphite, with brush and orange, yellow and silver inks, on wove graph pape.

Date:

2015

Artist:

Cauleen Smith
American, born 1967

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?

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Cauleen Smith

Title

Blacks, from Human_3.0 Reading List

Origin

United States

Date

2015

Medium

Graphite, with brush and orange, yellow and silver inks, on wove graph pape

Dimensions

300 × 215 mm

Credit Line

Promised gift of Helen and Sam Zell

Reference Number

Obj: 238001

Extended information about this artwork

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