Roby-Global Blackness

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
Max Beckmann
The Negro. No.6 from the Series of Ten Prints, 'Der Jahrmarkt'
drypoint on paper
11 ⅜ in x 10 ⅛ in (28.89 cm x 25.72 cm);17 ½ in x 13 ¾ in (44.45 cm x 34.92 cm);22 1/16 in x 18 in (56.04 cm x 45.72 cm)
Museum Purchase
Silhouette of a person facing away from the camera wearing feathered headwear.
Shani Peters
Nzinga Future
ink on paper
36 1/4 in x 24 in (92.07 cm x 60.96 cm)
Transfer from the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan
Image of a man wearing a white robe and hat crouching on a rug surrounded by filing cabinets in front of three figures on a shrine. 
Garin Horner
Saint Michael's African Warrior Altar
archival pigment print on paper
17 in x 22 in (43.18 cm x 55.88 cm);13 in x 19 in (33.02 cm x 48.26 cm)
Gift of the artist
Print of a house interior. On the viewer's right is a picture hanging on a wall with a bowl in the foreground.  On the viewer's left is another room with a framed picture on the wall and a couch below the framed work.  
Sam Nhlengethwa
Tribute to Romare Bearden
color lithograph on paper
22 7/16 in x 30 1/8 in (56.99 cm x 76.52 cm);19 1/2 in x 27 3/16 in (49.53 cm x 69.06 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Director's Acquisition Committee, 2016
A woman in a light blue shirt seated with her back facing the camera, in between two columns.
Edward West
Untitled (South African Woman)
color photograph on paper
28 in. x 19 in. ( 71.12 cm x 48.26 cm )
Gift of Margaret and Howard Bond
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
A photograph of a young African American boy standing against a metal slatted wall, on which graffiti is visible. He wears a dark button down shirt and holds a Foxy pop in his hand, eating it as the photograph was taken.
Dawoud Bey
A Boy Eating a Foxy Pop
gelatin silver print on paper
14 in x 11 in (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH
This unfinished painted study depicts a crowd of figures gathered around three richly dressed men and a woman and child, who appear on a flight of stairs near the entrance to a large building decorated with classical columns and pilasters. An elderly bald man wearing a red cloak trimmed with ermine kneels with his head bowed at the top of the stairs before a kneeling woman who holds an infant in her right arm. Another man wearing a turban decorated with a large feather stands behind the kneeling man and holds a gold censer hanging from a chain in his left hand. A third richly dressed man stands at the bottom of the stairs with his back turned toward the viewer. A number of other figures crowd around this central group from the sides. A large ox sits in the right foreground with a donkey standing behind it.
Jan Erasmus Quellinus
Adoration of the Magi
oil on paper mounted on canvas
20 1/2 in. x 24 3/4 in. x 2 5/8 in. ( 52.07 cm x 62.87 cm x 6.67 cm )
Museum Purchase


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