List of illustrations

  • Frederick Douglass
  • Delia
  • Jack
  • Frontispiece from "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself" by Frederick Douglass (Boston, 1845)
  • Frederick Douglass at an Outdoor Abolitionist Meeting, Cazenovia, New York
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Frederick A. Douglass
  • M. B. Brady's New Photographic Studio, in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper," Jan. 5, 1861
  • Frederick Douglass, with case
  • Alexander Thorn, Photographer, Wearing Vest, Bow Tie, and Jacket
  • William Lloyd Garrison
  • Map of Western Reserve area
  • John Brown
  • Douglass Confronts Opponents to Abolition at an Antislavery Meeting in Indiana
  • Thomas Auld
  • Self-Portrait
  • Motley, Archibald John, Jr. in Karl Buehr's School of the Art Institute class
  • The Octoroon Girl
  • A Mulatress
  • Mammy
  • Kikuyu God of Fire
  • Waganda [Uganda] Woman's Dream
  • Orchestra
  • The Liar
  • Saturday Night
  • Nightlife
  • Harlem, Tuesday Night at the Savoy
  • How Ya Like Me Now?
  • Mrs. Andrew Bedford Bankson and Son, Gunning Bedford Bankson
  • Two Disciples at the Tomb
  • Coney Island
  • Study for Aspects of Negro Life: The Negro in an African Setting
  • Train Station
  • Cabin in the Cotton
  • Daddy Grace at the Altar with Choir
  • Coming Home from Work
  • Oak Bluffs
  • Jitterbug II
  • The Boxer
  • Self-Portrait
  • Graduation
  • Green Bough
  • Birthday Party
  • Man Coming Up Subway Stairs
  • Harvest Talk
  • Sharecropper
  • Hero Construction
  • Afro Phoenix No. 1
  • First Day of School
  • Death of the Infants of Bethel
  • Mt Mowbullan in Dividing Range near Brisbane Australia
  • Starry Night with Astronauts
  • The Return of Odysseus (Homage to Pintoricchio and Benin)
  • Vanilla Nightmares #2
  • Second Annual Carnival Ball, DuSable Museum of African American History
  • Many Mansions
  • Keys to the Coop
  • Marion Perkins posing with his prize-winning sculpture Man of Sorrows (1950), at the Art Institute’s “55th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity,” in the spring of 1951
  • Mask of Eva
  • Portrait of Eva
  • Onward
  • Negro Mother and Child
  • Biltmore Hotel, South Haven, Michigan
  • Biltmore Hotel staff with Perkins's sculptures
  • John Henry
  • Let John Henry Go
  • Marion Perkins, "Moses," in Life Magazine
  • Woman with a Shawl
  • Seated Figure
  • Figure at Rest
  • Seated Woman
  • Mother and Child
  • Untitled
  • Marion Perkins shown carving "Untitled" in the courtyard behind his home in the Ida B. Wells project, Chicago, 1947
  • Ethiopia Awakening
  • Ethiopia Awakening
  • Standing Figure
  • Man of Sorrows
  • Marion Perkins scavenging for materials, Chicago, spring 1951
  • Marion and Eva Perkins outside their home, Chicago, spring 1951
  • Marion Perkins with Peter Pollack in the galleries of The Art Institute of Chicago, spring 1951
  • Dying Soldier
  • Unknown Political Prisoner
  • Skywatcher
  • Study in Flight
  • Sancho Panza and Don Quixote
  • Marion Perkins with several of his works on the stairs to his home, Chicago, spring 1951
  • FIGURE 1 Carrie Mae Weems (American; b
  • Outline
  • Suit
  • For Your Names You Took Hope & Humble, from the series From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried
  • Untitled from the series Portrait of My People
  • Untitled from the series Portrait of My People
  • Untitled
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African Americans in Art: Selections from The Art Institute of Chicago
African Americans in Art: Selections from The Art Institute of Chicago
~This issue of The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, “African Americans in Art: Selections from The Art Institute of Chicago,” has been organized in recognition of the significant expansion of our holdings of works by African Americans, as well as of examples by other artists in which African Americans are the subjects. It provides...

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African Americans in Art: Selections from The Art Institute of Chicago
The centerpiece of the 1997 exhibition “In Their Own Right: Images of African Americans from The Art Institute of Chicago” was a pre-Civil War daguerreotype of the Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass (fig. 1) that the museum had recently acquired. “In Their Own...

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African Americans in Art: Selections from The Art Institute of Chicago
​In 1978, at the age of eighty-six, the noted Chicago painter Archibald J. Motley, Jr., sat down to reflect on his successful career with Dennis Barrie of the Archives of American Art. Reminiscing about a wide range of topics, he continually returned to the issue of race...

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African Americans in Art: Selections from The Art Institute of Chicago
​On the threshold of a new millennium, how should we proceed with the dialogue about art made by African Americans? It is often difficult for many late twentieth-century viewers to recognize how irrevocably informed we continue to be by ideologies of race...

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African Americans in Art: Selections from The Art Institute of Chicago
In the 1950s, Marion Perkins (1908–1961) was one of Chicago’s foremost sculptors. He participated in nearly one dozen invitational exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago from 1942 to 1957 and...

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African Americans in Art: Selections from The Art Institute of Chicago
​Roy DeCarava’s 1952 photograph Man Coming Up Subway Stairs (Portfolio, no. 16) features a middle-aged African American with jacket under his arm, ascending a stairway. The diagonal of the handrail and the right angles formed by the steps and lines of the building draw our attention to the subject’s expressive face...

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African Americans in Art: Selections from The Art Institute of Chicago
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