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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
Colored
2002
photographs, paper, thread, wood |
Museum purchase made possible by Dr. James and Vivian Curtis and the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
2003/1.406
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)
1974
screenprint | paper
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
1997/1.532
At the center of the print are two faceless figures. Located in the corner of room, near a door that is ajar, the one figure is standing barefoot and wearing draped clothing. The second figure sits to the left in cushioned chair; his legs and lower arms (below his elbows) are encased in brick facade; upper arms and body are columns. The seated figure wears a top hat that is outlined in blue and there are blue dots on their bodies. Bricks on the right side of body are brown. The print is signed (l.r.) "G. de Chirico" and numbered (l.l.) "28/100" in pencil.
Giorgio de Chirico
Il ritorno del figliol prodigo
1929
color lithograph | paper
Museum Purchase
1948/1.336
A "Norton Abrasives" wooden crate is filled with empty rusted gallon paint containers with dried paint inside. A cracked rearview mirror is attached to one side and an American flag is smushed into one side of the box. A small toy platypus sits inside one of the paint cans, although the platypus is moveable; instructions to museum state that museum staff can place platypus where they please.
Tyree Guyton
Untitled (Paint Cans)
1980 – 2010
paint cans, wooden crate, American flag, rearview mirror, ceramic |
Gift of H. David Zucca
2013/2.310
This is a line drawing done in colors of red, orange, blue, yellow, brown and green, on white paper. In the top center portion of the sheet are the words, "A LIE". Below this are forms that resemble an egg, a slice of bacon, a piece of bread with a pat of yellow butter. Below these forms are some round shapes, labeled "flakes", a bowl and a carton of milk, labeled "milk".
Jean-Michel Basquiat
A Lie
1981
colored crayons | paper
Gift of Arthur Cohen in honor of Ben and Yetta Cohen
1985/2.18
Can of Campbell&rsquo;s Pepper Pot Soup with Andy Warhol&rsquo;s signature in black felt-tip pen on lower left front of can.
Andy Warhol
Campbell's Soup Can—Pepper Pot
1961 – 1971
ink | can of Campbell's soup
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
1988/1.86
Print depicting a can of Campbell’s condensed soup with “Pepper Pot” written in red capital letters across bottom half of can.<br />
Andy Warhol
Campbell's Soup I, Pepper Pot
1968
screenprint | paper
Gift of Frances and Sydney Lewis
1969/1.95
Display window advertising men&#39;s suits.
Eugène Atget
Men's Fashions
1925 – 1974
gold-toned gelatin silver print | paper
Museum Purchase
1974/1.107
Max Yavno
Muscle Beach
1949
gelatin silver print | paper
Museum Purchase
1976/2.17
This is a collage of black and white photographs showing parts of automobiles including mirror images of some of them, making the near symmetry a bit syncopated. There are repeated photos of two different couples, one of a man and a woman, the other of two men, photos of textiles and a photo of woman wearing similar textile, and a large hat in the bottom left corner. 
George Vargas
Temple of Autos
1984
photo collage | foam core
Gift of the artist
2004/1.155
Robert Rauschenberg
Flirt
1979
serigraph and collage | paper
Gift of Dr. & Mrs. J. Robert Willson
1983/1.137
This color screenprint is separated into two main parts. At the top is a frame made out of unwrapped candy and wrapped candy bars with an image of a man flexing his arm, while a bikini-clad woman peeks from behind the bicep in the frame. The bottom half of the image has two blue and red stars, one on top of the other at the right, and a television to the left. The television has a handle at the top, with an arm coming from the upper candy-frame to hold the handle, and on the screen is a large moth on a red background.
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Llalla Pallozza...Image fades but memory lingers on
1965 – 1970
screenprint | paper
Gift of Professor Diane M. Kirkpatrick
2000/2.14.23

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Colored (2003/1.406)
A Lie (1985/2.18)
Men's Fashions (1974/1.107)
Muscle Beach (1976/2.17)
Temple of Autos (2004/1.155)
Flirt (1983/1.137)
Line A-C (2012/1.220)
Riverfront (2013/2.266)
Tennis (2013/2.272)
Michigan Worker (2004/1.153)
Old and New Flags (2016/2.158)
Earth Day '95 (2016/2.219)
After Manet (2004/2.3)
Boy by Wagon (1971/2.142)
Farm Machine (2008/2.348)
Untitled (1990/1.226)

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