List of illustrations

  • No More Games
  • Tipping Point
  • Tipping Point, alternate view
  • Tipping Point, detail
  • Untitled (policeman)
  • New York Times Magazine cover
  • Untitled (policeman), detail
  • Headliner
  • Preparatory sketch for Untitled (policeman)
  • Preparatory sketch for Untitled (policeman)
  • Preparatory sketch for Untitled (policeman)
  • In Memory of My Father
  • Untitled
  • Skin Set Drawings a.k.a. White Drawings
  • Installation view, MoCA
  • Installation view of Pope.L's Colored Waiting Room
  • White People are Pun
  • White People are Pun, detail
  • White People are Pun, detail
  • Purple People Are I'll Fuck You Whole Family and Cut They Shit Off
  • White People Are the Future
  • Brown People Are Aaa Lounge Act at the Bakery
  • Blue People Are the Niggers of the Atmosphere
  • Blue People Are the Niggers of the Atmosphere, detail
  • Purple People Are the Color of Blood After Several Days on the Radiator
  • Purple People Are the Color of Blood After Several Days on the Radiator, detail
  • Green People Are My Brother Frank
  • Green People Are My Brother Frank, detail
  • Green People Are My Brother Frank, detail
  • Green People Are Pea Fuckers
  • Green People Are Powder
  • Green People Are on Rice
  • Green People Are Leave-It-To-Beaver with His Cleaver and His Shadow
  • Black People Are a Cave Inside an Earthworm
  • Installation view of Black Is, Black Ain't
  • White People Are Angles on Fire
  • Black People Are the Tie That Binds
  • Green People Are Hope Without Reason
  • Yellow People Are Black People witih Tragic Genitalia
  • Red People Are a Novel Set in the Head of a Watermoccasin
  • Skin Set Notes 1
  • Skin Set Notes 3
  • Skin Set Notes 4
  • Skin Set Notes 5
  • Black People Are Cross-Over
  • Green People Are White People Who Can't Escape Their Blackness
  • Brown People Are a Gas at Room Temperature
  • Skin Set Painting: Brown People Are a Theory About Green People
  • Orange People Are the Grid on the Ceiling
  • Green Lantern/Green Arrow
  • Freedom Summer participants at Western College for Women, Oxford, Ohio
  • Selma Wall
  • Untitled (Civil Rights Demonstration No. 1)
  • Lorraine Motel, April 4, 1968 (from the series Buildings of Disaster)
  • Lorraine Motel, April 4, 1968 (from the series Buildings of Disaster)
  • Buildings of Disaster
  • Lorraine Motel, April 4, 1968 (from the series Buildings of Disaster)
  • April 4, 1968
  • April 7, 1968
  • Lorraine Motel, Memphis
  • National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Memphis
  • Lorraine Motel, April 4, 1968 (from the series Buildings of Disaster)
  • Lorraine Motel, April 4, 1968 (from the series Buildings of Disaster)
  • Lorraine Motel, April 4, 1968 (from the series Buildings of Disaster)
  • Lorraine Motel, April 4, 1968 (from the series Buildings of Disaster), detail of door
  • Lorraine Motel
  • Unknown
  • Prototype of Lorraine Motel
  • Complimentary postcard, Lake Eufaula Motor Lodge, Eufaula, Alabama
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