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W13 Jones - AAS 336 / WOMENSTD 336 - Black Women in the United States, Part I: From the American Revolution through the Women's Era

This work shows a black and white photograph of a crowd of people outdoors, with trees in the background. On the left is a uniformed policeman holding a dog on a leash in one hand and a club in the other. In the center area there is a man, with his back to the viewer, who is being attacked by two dogs. One, controlled by another policeman, is ripping his clothing and the other, with teeth bared, is attacking his right hand. In the crowd there are men watching the attack and looking at the policemen.
Andy Warhol<br><em>Birmingham Race Riot</em><br>1964<br>screenprint | paper<br>Gift of Graham and Marianne Smith<br>1986/1.194.5
An assemblage of found objects: a salvaged wood frame with wood inlay letters spelling "COLORED," four portrait photographs of African American females (two photogaphs on either side of a printed poem), nine thread samples under photographs, and one hand mirror hanging on a decorative brass hook to the viewer's right of the frame. The poem reads: <br />
"Light is Alright<br />
Yellow is Mellow<br />
Brown, Stick Around<br />
Black, Get Back<br />
(but black don't crack)"<br /><br />
The wood has a strong smell, may have been treated with molasses.<br /><br />
 
Betye Saar<br><em>Colored</em><br>2002<br>photographs, paper, thread, wood <br>Museum purchase made possible by Dr. James and Vivian Curtis and the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund<br>2003/1.406
A black and white photograph of four people lying on the ground. One person's face is covered by an American flag, while the man behind her has his face covered by a hat. The group appears to be asleep. The feet and shoes of other people standing around the group of four is visible in the background. The print is signed (l.r.) "Edward Roberson" in pen.
Edward (Robbie) Roberson<br><em>Tired Marchers Sleep on the Streets—"We were tired, we were tired.", Selma, Alabama </em><br>1963<br>inkjet print | paper<br>Gift of Detroit Focus 2000, and partial purchase with funds from the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund<br>2003/2.69.28
This image is a circular format black and white photograph depicting four young African American girls wearing floral dresses lounging on a blanket in the grass. Three girls sit or prop themselves up and look at the camera, the fourth girl lays down, with her eyes closed. The glass in the frame has a domed surface, creating a fish-eye effect.
Carrie Mae Weems<br><em>After Manet</em><br>2002 - 2003<br>chromogenic print | paper<br>Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund<br>2004/2.3
View of a storefront with people sitting in front on benches and entering the shop through a doorway.
Walker Evans<br><em>Sidewalk Scene, Selma, Alabama</em><br>1935<br>gelatin silver print | paper<br>Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Lunn, Jr., in Honor of the Centennial of The Michigan Daily<br>1990/2.59
A horizontal lighbox enclosed by a wide, black molded frame in which Kara Walker's signature silhouettes are encased in linen and lit from behind. Silhouettes represent four figures: a man and child at viewer's left, two women at right.
Kara Walker<br><em>Untitled</em><br>1996 - 1997<br>cut paper | linen<br>Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund and anonymous individual benefactors<br>2006/1.152
Elliott Erwitt<br><em>Cats &amp; Dogs, Alabama, U.S.A., from "Recent Developments"</em><br>1975<br>gelatin silver print | paper<br>Gift of Lawrence and Carol Zicklin<br>1987/1.175.4
A female nude reclining on a bed wearing one yellow slipper on her left foot, a gold bracelet on her right arm and a black ribbon tied in a bow around her neck.  An African American woman in a blue dress stands behind her holding a bouquet of yellow and white flowers. A small monkey sits at the foot of the bed.  All subjects look directly at the viewer.
Mel Ramos<br><em>Manet's Olympia</em><br>1974<br>collotype | wove paper<br>Gift of Dr. Reuven Bar-Levav<br>1991/2.102.1
Two abstracted, bust-length figures, one male and one female, look directly at the viewer with large smiles. The background is tan, and filled with swirling lines and scribbles. The face and eyes of each figure are outlined in thick green, the mouths in thick yellow. The “whites” of the eyes are red, while the pupils are circles of pale purple. Purple paint drips down from the eyes of the male figure, while the paint on the female figure drips upward.
Tyree Guyton<br><em>Ups and Downs</em><br>1994<br>acrylic | masonite<br>Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection<br>2002/1.202
This print has rows of stencilled black text in all capital letters on white background. In pencil, the print is signed and dated (l.r.) "Glenn Lignon '92" and numbered (l.l.) "27/45". 
Glenn Ligon<br><em>Untitled </em><br>1992<br>etching, aquatint, spitbite, sugarlift | Rives BFK paper<br>Museum Purchase<br>1993/2.13.1
This print has rows of stencilled black text in all capital letters on black background. In pencil, the print is signed and dated (l.r.) "Glenn Lignon '92" and numbered (l.l.) "27/45". 
Glenn Ligon<br><em>Untitled </em><br>1992<br>etching, aquatint, spitbite, sugarlift | Rives BFK paper<br>Museum Purchase<br>1993/2.13.3
This print has rows of stenciled black text in all capital letters on black background. In pencil, the print is signed and dated (l.r.) "Glenn Lignon '92" and numbered (l.l.) "27/45". 
Glenn Ligon;Gregory Burnet<br><em>Untitled</em><br>1992<br>etching, aquatint, spitbite, sugarlift | Rives BFK paper<br>Museum Purchase<br>1993/2.13.4

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36 Collection Object Sources

Birmingham Race Riot (1986/1.194.5)
Colored (2003/1.406)
After Manet (2004/2.3)
Untitled (2006/1.152)
Manet's Olympia (1991/2.102.1)
Ups and Downs (2002/1.202)
Untitled (1993/2.13.1)
Untitled (1993/2.13.3)
Untitled (1993/2.13.4)
Untitled (1993/2.13.2)
Model (1975/2.98)
Homestead (2002/1.196)
Yellow Interior (2002/1.197)
Harlem Dancers (1943.100)
The Slave Market (2004/2.11.7)
Bidding Farewell (2004/2.11.3)
Crossing the River (2004/2.11.2)
Eva and Topsy (2004/2.11.1)

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