Race and Beauty

At the center of print is a rondel with a bust of a woman. The figure has an afro and wears hoop earrings; she gazes off to her left. The print is signed (l.r) "S. Abeles" and numbered (l.l.) "59/250" in pencil.
Sigmund Abeles
Portrait of a Girl
etching on paper
17 1/16 in x 13 11/16 in (43.34 cm x 34.77 cm);17 1/16 in x 13 11/16 in (43.34 cm x 34.77 cm)
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection
Portrait of the actress Greta Garbo. 
Edward Steichen
Greta Garbo
gelatin silver print on paper
13 7/8 in x 10 7/8 in (35.24 cm x 27.62 cm);22 1/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 46.04 cm);14 7/16 in x 11 3/16 in (36.67 cm x 28.42 cm)
Museum Purchase
This is a photograph of an African American couple. A man sits inside his car, while a woman stands just outside, as if she is about to sit in the passenger seat. They both wear large raccoon coats. 
James Van Der Zee
The Couple in Raccoon Coats
gelatin silver print on paper
16 in x 17 in (40.64 cm x 43.18 cm)
Gift of the Estate of James van Sweden
A studio portrait of a young African American woman in 1920s apparel, including a short hairstyle, stockings, necklace, and dress. She stands with her left leg resting on a bench with her right arm akimbo.
James Van Der Zee
gelatin silver print on paper
7 in x 5 in (17.78 cm x 12.7 cm);14 5/16 in x 19 5/16 in (36.35 cm x 49.05 cm)
Museum Purchase
This profile view of a young woman against a black backdrop shows her styled platinum hair and light skin contrasting against the dark background.
Philippe Halsman
gelatin silver print on paper
8 in x 9 7/8 in (20.32 cm x 25.08 cm);8 in x 9 7/8 in (20.32 cm x 25.08 cm);7 11/16 in x 9 15/16 in (19.53 cm x 25.24 cm)
Gift of Hans Neukomm
This photograph is a studio portrait of a woman with styled hair, wearing a light-colored salon cape around her shoulders. 
Philippe Halsman
Color Rinse
gelatin silver print on paper
9 7/8 in x 8 1/4 in (25.08 cm x 20.96 cm)
Gift of Gilbert M. Frimet
This is an abstract face of a figure looking to the right. The head is divided into compartments of varying textures by several straight lines. There are piano keys are on the left side of the head, and a cigarette at top left. 
Sargent Claude Johnson
Lenox Avenue
lithograph on paper
12 ½ in x 8 9/16 in (31.75 cm x 21.75 cm)
Allocated by the U.S. Government Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
An assemblage of found objects: a salvaged wood frame with wood inlay letters spelling &quot;COLORED,&quot; 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&#39;s right of the frame. The poem reads:&nbsp;<br />
&quot;Light is Alright<br />
Yellow is Mellow<br />
Brown, Stick Around<br />
Black, Get Back<br />
(but black don&#39;t crack)&quot;<br />
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The wood has a strong smell, may have been treated with molasses.<br />
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Betye Saar
mixed media assemblage with photographs, paper, and thread on wood
14 ½ in x 30 in x 1 ½ in (36.83 cm x 76.2 cm x 3.81 cm);10 in x 5 in x ½ in (25.4 cm x 12.7 cm x 1.27 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by Dr. James and Vivian Curtis and the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
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
After Manet
chromogenic print on paper
33 ¾ in x 33 ¾ in x 1 ½ in (85.73 cm x 85.73 cm x 3.81 cm);33 ¾ in x 33 ¾ in x 1 ½ in (85.73 cm x 85.73 cm x 3.81 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
Eight male figures (three kneeling in front and five standing in back) wearing orange tank tops and white shorts face the viewer; two basketballs and five trophies between figures in the foreground. Figures stand in front of a background of fragmented, arched and circular areas of color in blues and golds.
Jacob Lawrence
tempera over black colored pencil on wood board
19 13/16 in x 24 in (50.32 cm x 60.96 cm);18 1/8 in x 9 3/8 in (46.04 cm x 23.81 cm)
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
The color screenprint depicts four dark skinned figures walking past a construction site—likely a family. The man is dressed in a black suit, black shoes, yellow tie, and tan hat. The woman wears a red and white dress, yellow jacket, and red cap. The little girl stands to the left of mother, holding her hand. She wears a yellow dress, white tights, brown shoes, and a red cap. A small boy wears brown pants, tan shoes, a yellow shirt, and blue jacket. He stands to the right of the father and holds his hand.  <br /><br />
In the background, there are three men working at the construction site. There are two men in blue jumpsuits, one has dark skin and the other white. A third dark skinned man wears a gray jumpsuit and holds a saw. The print is signed and dated (l.r.) "Jacob Lawrence 1974" in pencil.
Jacob Lawrence
Builders (The Family)
screenprint on paper
34 in x 25 3/4 in (86.36 cm x 65.41 cm);29 15/16 in x 22 1/8 in (76.04 cm x 56.2 cm);38 3/4 in x 28 in (98.43 cm x 71.12 cm)
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
William Hogarth
Analysis of Beauty
engraving on paper
15 3/8 in. x 19 7/8 in. ( 39 cm x 50.5 cm )
Museum Purchase


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30 Collection Object Sources

Greta Garbo (1971/2.144)
Model (1975/2.98)
Halle (1996/2.7)
Color Rinse (2004/1.142)
Lenox Avenue (1943.63)
Colored (2003/1.406)
After Manet (2004/2.3)
Champions (1997/1.530)
New York City (1981/2.65.4)
Untitled (1983/2.152)
Untitled (1983/2.146)
Untitled (1983/2.153)
Untitled (1983/2.151)
New York City (1981/2.65.11)
Kathy (2013/2.338)
Three Young Men (2013/2.336)
Seaside (1943.78)
Self-Portrait (2002/1.192)
Homecoming Queen (2008/2.312)
Paris #206 (2014/2.245)
Lady in Red (2017/2.303)

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