36 UMMA Objects
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A bald man with a furrowed brow holds an open book to the viewer. The book's pages open to an illustration of a distressed animal. Writing in blue takes up the lower portion of the print and reads: "I have the right to believe freely. To be a slave to no man's authority. If this is heresy so be it. It is still the truth to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. I cannot...will not...recant. Here I stand. No man can command my conscience."
Ben Shahn (American (North American))
Credo (small)
1960
Gift of the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication, Founder Warren M. Robbins
2011/1.98
A black and white print that features a person holding his head in clenched fists.  His clothing is creased by his dynamic position, back is haunched.  Below the drawing is stylized Hebrew block print.  Translated it reads "These martyrs I well remember, and my soul melts with secret sorrow. Evil men have devoured us and eagerly consumed us".  The calligraphy is a prayer recited for the Musaf Service during Yom Kippur.
Ben Shahn (American (North American))
Warsaw
1943 – 1963
Gift of the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication, Founder Warren M. Robbins
2011/1.101
Two girls in floral dresses stand on a wooden front porch holding matching dolls.  Both girls stare inquisitively to their right.  Behind them sits a rocking chair and windowsill with lace curtains and a flower box.
Ben Shahn (American (North American))
Daughters of Mr. Thaxton, near Mechanicsburg, OH
1938 – 1995
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division Reproduction # (LC USF 33-460 M3 414863)
2013/2.174
A man is potrayed with curly hair and beard, a stern facial expression, and a formal suit and bowtie. His head and gaze is turned to the right of the piece. The words "Frederick Douglass" borders the piece along with the artist's signatures and the screenprint number.
Ben Shahn (American (North American))
Portrait of Frederick Douglass
1960 – 1970
Gift of Warren M. Robbins
1993/1.41.3
A man is potrayed with curly hair and beard, a stern facial expression, and a formal suit and bowtie. His head and gaze is turned to the right of the piece. The words "Frederick Douglass" borders the piece along with the artist's signatures and the screenprint number.
Ben Shahn (American (North American))
Portrait of Frederick Douglass
1960 – 1970
Gift of Warren M. Robbins
1993/1.41.4
Two men sit at the center of the print with inquisitive looks upon their faces. Certain facial elements are distorted. They stand with shoulders haunched, and pupiless eyes. Both sets of arms are restrained by handcuffs, and they are handcuffed to one another at the center of the print.
Ben Shahn (American (North American))
Portrait of Sacco and Vanzetti
1958
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Irving F. Burton
1975/1.70
The print shows a drawing of the head of an animal. Below it reads: "I have the right to believe freely.  To be a slave to no man's authority.  If this is heresy so be it.  It is still the truth to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.  I cannot...will not...recant.  Here I stand.  No man can command my conscience."
Ben Shahn (American (North American))
Credo (large)
1960
Gift of the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication, Founder Warren M. Robbins
2011/1.99
A colored print of a white hand holding onto a brown hand.  Above their grasp is both Hebrew block and English lettering that translates/reads: "'Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By...".  The painting illustrates the need for diversity during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's.
Ben Shahn (American (North American))
Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By
1965
Gift of the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication, Founder Warren M. Robbins
2011/1.102
Black line representation of a human head and face, facing the viewer. The head is oval-shaped with vertical parallel lines.  The short hair of the person is represented by thick dots and fine curved lines.  The nose is formed by straight, vertical lines. Eyebrows are drawn with thick, black lines. "We shall Overcome" is printed in a brown-orange ink across the top of the sheet.
Ben Shahn (American (North American))
We Shall Overcome
1965
Gift of the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication, Founder Warren M. Robbins
2011/1.104
A portrait of Captain Dreyfus: The bust of a man in uniform stands pivoted to the right.  His expression is neutral and his likeness is painted with bold colors in a watercolor-like texture.  Below the bust reads "Le Capitaine Dreyfus", or The Captain Dreyfus.
Ben Shahn (American (North American))
Le Capaitaine, from "Dreyfus Affair"
1968
Gift of the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication, Founder Warren M. Robbins
2011/1.112.1
Three men stand side by side.  Each is well-dressed in both a suit and hat.  The men are painted with loose brush strokes with minimal details.  Their gaze is focused on the left side of the portrait.
Ben Shahn (American (North American))
Les Experts, from "Dreyfus Affair"
1968
Gift of the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication, Founder Warren M. Robbins
2011/1.112.4
A man is potrayed with curly hair and beard, a stern facial expression, and a formal suit and bowtie.  His gaze and head are centered.  The words "Frederick Douglass" borders the piece along with the artist's signatures and the screenprint number.
Ben Shahn (American (North American))
Frederick Douglass
1965
Gift of the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication, Founder Warren M. Robbins
2011/1.113
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