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W19 Kenan - COMPLIT 241 - American Dreams: The Making and Unmaking of a Narrative

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
This colorful print is broken up in to four panels, which are divided by a black border with white dashes and then surrounded by a red border, which includes designs in white. In the upper left panel is the image of a blue and yellow house. The upper right shows a television set sitting on a table alongside a glass of milk, a key ring, notepad, plate, and cell phone. In the lower left panel, the bust of a girl with blonde hair in pig-tail braids is standing in front of two houses, one traditional and one modern. The lower right panel depicts an orange, yellow, and red store labeled "Shop and Buy" with a parking lot out front. The artist's initals are included in the print (l.r.) in white on red "RG".
Rodney Alan Greenblat
Christina's World
1989
screenprint | paper
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick
2004/2.42
Doug Webb
Liberty Renewed
1980 – 1990
serigraph | paper
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick
2004/2.43
Image of a book lying open to a page featuring a photo of the American flag hanging from a building. A newsclipping featuring a photo of children behind a barricade and an adult holding an American flag lies on the book across the open page.  
Joanne Leonard
Flags
2012
inkjet print | paper
Gift of the artist
2016/2.157
Image of a book lying open to a page featuring an image of the American flag. A newsclipping featuring a photo of a flag manufacturing company lies on the book across the open page.  
Joanne Leonard
Old and New Flags
2012
inkjet print | paper
Gift of the artist
2016/2.158
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
Tired Marchers Sleep on the Streets—"We were tired, we were tired.", Selma, Alabama
1963
inkjet print | paper
Gift of Detroit Focus 2000, and partial purchase with funds from the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund
2003/2.69.28
A mixed media assemblage consisting of welding goggles, rusted metal, a padlock, and two rusted bells hanging from a chain mounted on a wooden board with screws. The position of the objects, with goggles at the top, makes the assemblage look vaguely face-like.
George Vargas
Michigan Worker
1985
welding goggles, metal, hanging bells, rusty bottle cap, pulleys, chains, padlock | plywood
Gift of the artist
2004/1.153
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 print has three main images all printed in a monochromatic grey. At the top is an image of a man, in a tweed coat and fur hat, polishing a motorcycle. The scene is from a pier. The sign says "GANGWAY 1," with the ocean and the Statue of Liberty in the background. The central image is a detail of the face of the Statue of Liberty, with a small boy visible in her crown. The bottom image is more abstracted shapes from a dot-matrix image.
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Fifty Nine Varieties of Paradise
1965 – 1970
photolithograph | paper
Gift of Professor Diane M. Kirkpatrick
2000/2.14.31
Elliott Erwitt
Coke Machine and Missile, Alabama, U.S.A., from "Recent Developments"
1974
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Lawrence and Carol Zicklin
1987/1.175.2
Around and behind a central image of a sewing machine are overlapping images of people, ships, a building fire, the Statue of Liberty, and small blocks of text.
Ida Abelman
My Father Reminisces
1937
lithograph | paper
Allocated by the U.S. Government Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
1943.2
A black and white photograph of a woman leaning over a child, who lies on its back and drinks from a white bottle.
Peter Turnley
San Joaquin Valley, California, USA, 1975
1975
archival pigment print | paper
Gift of Kathleen Lauster and Jarir Derouach
2016/2.527

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