Thurgood in the Hour of Chaos [from the Exit Art Print Portfolio, America, America]
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Thurgood in the Hour of Chaos [from the Exit Art Print Portfolio, America, America]2009
22 in. x 30 in. (55.88 cm x 76.2 cm)
Rashid Johnson, American, b. 1977
This portrait appeared in an earlier series by Johnson called the New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club. Influenced by Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee, Johnson wanted to depict Blackness without any evidence of a “problem,” something he recognized in works from past Black artists. He imagined meetings and gatherings of his fictionalized characters— artists and activists. Johnson was also responding to the escapism present in works by artists such as Marcus Garvey, Sun Ra, and Paul Beatty.
In the Exit Art iteration of the work, Johnson’s portrait remains astute with the addition of the dripping target that resembles graffiti. Within the portrait of an abstract string of references, the crosshairs remain a vital continuation of thought, and a strong call for the future.
--Elis Martin, December 2016
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
- Cross Section: Recent Acquisitions Mills College Art Museum , 7/16/2014 - 8/31/2014
- Moments of Impact Mills College Art Museum , 11/30/2016 - 5/28/2017
- Sheet Dimensions: 22 x 30 in. (55.88 x 76.2 cm)
This object has the following bibliographic references:
- Stephanie Hanor, ed. Moments of Impact. Moments of Impact Mills College Art Museum. Oakland, CA, 2017
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