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Jeff Donaldson, a major figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 70s, created this screenprint of his parents in the style of the AfriCOBRA group, using bright colors and symbols of Pan-African identity. Along with the Ankh at his mother’s collar and the Kente cloth pattern on his father’s suspenders, Donaldson invokes the Yorùbá deity Eshu, a god connected to chance and fate. The six-pointed star held by his mother represents a kind of crossroads, with each point showing a different path forward. In the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders, Donaldson looked to his heritage for guidance while also rooting himself firmly in the political moment. He believed art could help make a path to the future, and wrote, “Look for us there, because that’s where we’re at.”
In honor of Black History Month, and in conjunction with the exhibition John Edmonds: A Sidelong Glance, we are highlighting contemporary artists in our collection whose work speaks to the complexity and beauty of Black American heritage.
Jeff Donaldson (American, 1932-2004). Victory in the Valley of Eshu, 1971. Screenprint on paper. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of R.M. Atwater, Anna Wolfrom Dove, Alice Fiebiger, Joseph Fiebiger, Belle Campbell Harriss, and Emma L. Hyde, by exchange, Designated Purchase Fund, Mary Smith Dorward Fund, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, and Carll H. de Silver Fund, 2012.80.12. © artist or artist’s estate
Monthly10 December 2020 Skulls (again)
This is a return to form after the last months. This was more for fun then anything else. I also wanted to fit all of them onto the canvas. (the gang is here!)
mister quackity where is ur lore
sleep now with your choices, hear how the world rejoices ( 2.28 )
dio brando is the worst manslut. hes a shitstain in the name of manwhores. the worlds better off with him dead
Go Wild!!! go Ham!!!!!!!!
the mane six are wives, they’re a polycule and they’re all in love. note that they each have a ring.
blood for the blood god.
yooo these edibles are really starting to hit…
hese so secksy….