U.S. Afrofuturisms

Abstract colorful shapes of circle and square with lines.
John T. Scott
Spiders Don't Work on Weekends #2
gouache on paper
6 13/16 x 6 7/8 in. (17.3 x 17.46 cm)
Gift of Dr. James L. Curtis
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
Three-quarter length image of a woman whose face is blank except for her lips, the only facial feature included. She wears brown and yellow clothing with red and black line details. She leans from the lower right corner of image to the left.
Benny Andrews
Homecoming Queen
mixed media and watercolor on paper
22 13/16 in x 18 1/4 in x 13/16 in (58 cm x 46.4 cm x 2 cm);22 13/16 in x 18 1/4 in x 13/16 in (58 cm x 46.4 cm x 2 cm)
Gift of Romesh and Veena Saigal
Jacob Lawrence
Ten Builders
soft ground etching and aquatint on paper
19 11/16 in x 24 ⅞ in (50.01 cm x 63.18 cm);22 1/16 in x 28 ⅛ in (56.04 cm x 71.44 cm);10 4/5 in x 16 4/5 in (27.46 cm x 42.7 cm)
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
In this long horizontally oriented print, we see multiple people of various colors on a subway car; some sit and others stand holding onto subway poles. Windows show various scenes- a plane in the sky, men playing basketball, fish, musicians, and a small group of people walking with a flag. 
Jacob Lawrence
New York in Transit I
screenprint | paper
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
Naomi Dickerson
Second Score for Black Opera
lithograph on paper
30 1/16 in x 22 7/16 in (76.36 cm x 56.99 cm);30 1/16 in x 22 7/16 in (76.36 cm x 56.99 cm)
Gift of the Michigan Workshop of Fine Prints.
Lester L. Johnson
Total Eclipse
acrylic on canvas
46 in. x 36 in. ( 116.8 cm x 91.4 cm )
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson
Alvin D. Loving
felt tip pen on graph paper
16.9 x 22 in. (43.02 x 55.88 cm)
Gift of Herbert Barrows
Strips of overlapping, multi-colored paper on a white background, the paper is blue, pink, purple, green, orange, and black.
Alvin D. Loving
paper collage | paper
Museum purchase made possible by Joseph and Annette Allen, the University of Michigan Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Director's Acquisition Committee, 2018
A framework three-dimensional cube sits at an angle so that one of its corners appears to protrude from the center of the piece. The cube is gray, with dark gray shading on the shadowed edges, and dark and light yellow shading on the lit edges. The canvas is cut to the dimensions of the cube.
Alvin D. Loving
Untitled Cube
acrylic on canvas
40 1/2 in. x 34 3/4 in. ( 102.8 cm x 88.2 cm )
Museum Purchase
Lester L. Johnson
One for Gladys Knight
color lithograph on paper
21 15/16 in. x 30 1/8 in. ( 55.8 cm x 76.5 cm )
Gift of Detroit Workshop of Fine Prints
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


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